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Iconic Second City Chicago actor,sadly has passed away, writer and director, Harold Ramis, a comic genius creator known for his 80's comedy movie sensation.

A treasure trove of comedic gold, whom collaborated with felllow actor and filmmaker on some of the funniest movies of all time, Second City, SNL Alum Bill Murray, who starred with Harold Ramis as friends and partners in many comedies Meatballs, Stripes,Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day,"

Bill Murray admitted that he eagerly took part in most of Ghostbuster partner Harold Ramis ' plans even when they involved crossing the streams. Monday, Murray praised, Harold Ramis, publicly, saying in short that "Harold earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."

Their other comedic partner in crime Second City and SNL Chicago alum Dan Akroyd, who cowrote and starred in both 80's Ghostbusters. Dan wrote on Facebook earlier today:"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted and funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

And it doesn't stop there, these two comedy legends have hardly been alone in their gratitude, Judd Apatow,who directed Ramis in Knocked Up and produced Ramis' final directorial effort, Year One, Monday Tweeted,"Thank you, we love you!"

And he's not the only celeb in Hollywood is mourning the loss of Harold Ramis taking to Twitter today to pay tribute actor Steve Carell, are among many of the stars to remember the beloved 70's Animal House, and 1999 “Analyze This” film creator.Tweeting "Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you."

Actor Jon Cryer just had two words: Groundhog Day, RIP, Harold Ramis." Director Ron Howard tweeeted: "Harold Ramis RIP. no one could ever top him in terms, of being incredibly kind & gracious. While somehow being Cool & off-the-charts creative"

Harold was born on Chicago's north side, his parents were shopkeepers, Ramis began writing plays in college in St. Louis, saying that the experience working at a mental institution for seven months, it was one of the few times he said that he wasn't trying to be funny, "People laugh when I say that,it prepared him well for Hollywood which was actually very good training,"

#RIP Harold Ramis...Justin Timberlake tweeted; My sincerest condolences to Mr. Ramis's family "Caddyshack. Griswalds. Egon Spengler was always my favorite Ghostbuster Genius! Rainn Wilson "Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis the Buddha of Comedy. A Brilliant, humble, radiant soul.We've lost an icon.

#GroundhogDay" ABC Late Night Live Jimmy Kimmel shared condolences to the family and friends of the great Harold Ramis." "He's why"'I collect spores, molds, and fungus''.

Harold's breakthrough came in 1978 with a co-writing credit on the blockbuster comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House." The contributions Ramis' made from films to TV and improv cannot be overstated.

Actresses Olivia Munn tweeted "RIP Harold Ramis" Kat Dennings shared Harold made people happy and influenced so many, including me." "Devastated to have heard about Harold Ramis…Groundhog Day is my favorite movie of all time. And from Julianne Hough "Very sad to hear that we lost Harold Ramis. Exceptionally talented, exceptionally kind."

After college in St. Louis, Harold returned to Chicago in 1968, freelancing entertainment features for local newspapers before he began studying and performing with the now-famed Second City improvisational comedy troupe.

Stand up Comic Margaret Cho shared: "Harold Ramis, you, my first comedy crush. You came to my show in Chicago, I was humbled beyond words. My heart won't recover from this loss. #RIP. From actor director Jon Favreau "No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed."

Second City and SNL alum Tim Kazurinsky said,“Harold was clearly the most successful comedy writer-director of all time,” Tim followed Harold Ramis at Second City and later became his friend. “The number of films that he has made that were successful, that were blockbusters, nobody comes close. Even in light in of that, he was more successful as a human being.”

From original 80's Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio: "RIP Harold Ramis; A creator of often outrageous comedy yet always laced with heart. If you don't recognize Harold Ramis' name. Look it up!" And from TV and film star Patton Oswalt: "No Harold Ramis, no comedy as we know it today. #RIPHaroldRamis"

Ramis' comedies were often wild, silly and tilting toward anarchy, aa actual revolutionary breakthrough, with the filmmaker continuing the Second City edict to work at the top of one's intelligence.Harold Ramis not only may be the most successful comedy writer-director that Chicago has produced, but some wouldn't even confine that statement to Chicago.

With his round glasses lending a professorial air, In his film work as an actor Ramis would become the calm center of storms brewed by fellow actors, playing the messy bushy-haired,
low-key wisecracker to Bill Murray's troublemaker in “Stripes” and being the most scientific-minded “Ghostbuster.” Later roles included the sympathetic doctor of James L. Brooks' “As Good as It Gets” in 1997 and the charming “Knocked Up” dad, whose dialogue, Apatow said, was almost all improvised.

On Monday, Ramis was surrounded by family in his North Shore home when he died at 12:53 a.m.of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, said his wife, Erica Mann Ramis.Ramis is survived by his wife Erica, sons Julian and Daniel, daughter Violet and two grandchildren."Harold Ramis. One of the best ever."

Mr. Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69

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