Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Healthcare

Harold Ramis, 'Ghostbusters' star, dies from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis

See also

Comedian actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, best known for his role in the “Ghostbusters” movies and "Stripes"died at the age of 69.

It was reported Monday, that Ramis died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease that causes swelling in the blood vessels.

The American College of Rheumatology says these vessels include arteries and veins. Vasculitis can result in poor blood flow to tissues throughout the body, such as the lungs, nerves and skin. Thus, vasculitis has a wide range of signs and symptoms (what you see and feel), such as:

Shortness of breath and cough
Numbness or weakness in a hand or foot
Red spots on the skin ("purpura"), lumps ("nodules") or sores ("ulcers")

On the other hand, vasculitis of the kidneys may produce no symptoms at first but is still a serious problem.

Vasculitis can be mild or disabling, or even lead to death. Patients can have one episode of vasculitis or have repeated episodes over several years. Most types of vasculitis are rare.

His agent said in a written statement, "His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him."

Ramis' breakthrough came when he co-wrote the blockbuster comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House." He went on to co-write "Stripes" (1981), "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Ghostbusters II" (1989), films in which he also co-starred.

Ramis co-wrote and made his directorial debut with "Caddyshack" (1980), followed by "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983).

He most recently directed episodes of “The Office.”

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and children Violet Stiel, Julian and Daniel Ramis. He also has two grandchildren.

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

Related Videos:

  • Master Mumps
    <iframe width="512" height="288" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4y8zRy6JYQQ?rel=0?rel=0&amp;VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Genetic screening software for future parenthood before you find a partner.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517848021" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517848021&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Actress Valerie Harper says she's cancer free
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518198281" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518198281&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!