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Harold Ramis: ‘Ghostbusters’’ co-writer and star dead at 69

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Harold Ramis got his start in show biz in the early 1970s with the comedy troupe Second City and TV’s “SCTV.” He co-wrote “National Lampoon's Animal House” in 1978. He rose to fame after appearing on the big screen along with friend Bill Murray in 1981 in “Stripes.” And we all fell in love with him as Egon in 1984’s “Ghostbusters.”

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On the morning of Feb. 24, we lost writer, director, actor, and comic genius Harold Ramis when he died at the age of 69.

According to The Huffington Post, Ramis passed away this morning just after midnight.

Ramis’ wife, Erica Mann Ramis, said that her husband was surrounded by family members at his passing, and died “from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.”

Ramis had been struggling with the painful and debilitating disease since May, 2010.

In addition to “Animal House,” “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters,” Ramis also wrote and directed "Caddyshack," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze That."

Bill Murray released a statement through his lawyer, according to Time:

“Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

Friend and “Ghostbusters'” co-writer, Dan Akroyd, took to Facebook to write:

Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.

Ramis is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren.

For more on the comedy legend, Harold Ramis, see the video accompanying this article.

Rest in Peace Harold Ramis. To paraphrase,“That was one big Twinkie."

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