Harold Ramis Passes Away at 69

The actor, writer and director of such classic hits as 'Ghostbusters', 'Stripes', 'Caddyshack' and 'Groundhog Day' died from a rare blood vessel disease.

The world has lost one of the most successful and innovative comedy filmmakers today, as Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. The director, actor and writer succumbed to complications from a rare disease called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which causes a swelling of the blood vessels.

A prolific comedy figurehead in the late 70s and early 80s, Harold Ramis started as a writer and performer on the Canadian based sketch comedy series SCTV, where he met many of the iconic comedy actors he would later go onto work with throughout his storied career. He was known for being a jack of all trades when it came to comedy film, directing such seminal classics as Caddyshack, Vacation, and Groundhog Day. As a writer, he penned Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes, where he co-starred alongside friend and on-screen comedy partner Bill Murray. The two would later go onto work side by side in the iconic Ghostbusters, where he played parapsychologist and ghost hunter Dr. Egon Spengler.

He was last seen in the comedy Year One, which he directed. He was in the midst of planning Ghostbusters 3, which would have seen him return as Egon. He had spent the last several years helping develop the movie alongside co-star Dan Aykroyd.

Harold Ramis was surrounded by family when he passes away early in the morning on February 24, at 12:53 am. He had been struggling with the rare blood vessel disease since being diagnosed in 2010. An infection led to complications that saw him having to relearn how to walk in 2011. His struggles where never widely reported on by the press.

Harold Ramis is noted for inspiring a new generation of comedy writers and directors, including Judd Apatow and The Farrelly Brothers. He is remembered as an all-around good guy, and is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis.

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  1. Bill Louis


    8 months agoby @Bill-LouisFlag

  2. DCTrek

    And the world is again a little less funny then it was yesterday.

    Thank you sir for your contributions.

    Condolences to Mr. Ramis' family.

    8 months agoby @DCTrekFlag

  3. the Narrator

    Another saddening loss of an industry icon.

    Note that he's had these complications and issues for a while and yet managed to keep it relatively out of the press. Other celebrities get a parking ticket and its practically everywhere you look on the news and in tabloids... *le sigh* I give the man even further props after learning of that.

    We'll miss you Ramis. Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day are among favorites to watch with my old man. R.I.P.

    8 months agoby @narratorFlag

  4. SpideR-OnE

    [*] RIP
    very sad news :/

    8 months agoby @spider-oneFlag

  5. The_Crow2k

    Another great loss for the industry. RIP, Man.

    8 months agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  6. Roha Singh

    i first saw him in Ghostbusters and its so sad to hear the news justdramaz.com

    8 months agoby @Roha-SinghFlag

  7. skywise

    Such a comedic genius. RIP Mr. Ramis.

    8 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. Fry_3000

    Suppose ghostbusters 3 won't happen now?
    Sad news, very nice person. RIP sir

    8 months agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  9. lance123

    Bummer he was so good actor and director to I loved ghostbusters he will be missed rest in peace

    8 months agoby @lancelievenseFlag

  10. gumperman

    Well folks, we lost a legend. RIP Mr. Ramis. :(

    8 months agoby @gumpermanFlag

  11. TheDude1


    A True Legend

    8 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  12. Monkeyiron 2.0

    R.I.P. Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) hope the ghost isn't gonna have a grudge on you fam ;'(

    8 months agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  13. CUPID


    8 months agoby @cupidFlag

  14. Sean

    R.I.P .

    8 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. cvnt$top

    R.I.P . You will be missed

    8 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  16. Bellandedward1

    RIP Harold you will be missed dearly Enjoyed The Ghostbusters Films very much its people like him who inspires young people to achieved their dreams

    8 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  17. cable9245

    He will be missed R.I.P

    8 months agoby @cable9245Flag

  18. Raoul Duke

    So sad.

    8 months agoby @raoulduke33Flag

  19. Gandoff

    May he rest in peace... Sad.. Just shocked... With this, there will be no Egon for Ghostbusters 3. If he was even in the story which sounded to be a bit wishy washy on who was in. But I do hope his passing causes Bill Murray to forgive and forget his petty issues with Harold. And, maybe he might do Ghostbuster 3 for his memory.

    8 months agoby @gandoffFlag

  20. CelluloidDreams

    ...What he hell ...this has to be a dream right!??!....Hello.....this is fake ...right!??!....WOW!!...Bummer ...

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.

    So faraway, so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"!

    8 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  21. Mieko_Siede

    I hate to hear this. This is yet another loss of a great talent that has inspired young artists and enriched a culture as a whole with his works. May Harold Ramis rest in peace. His work and contributions will forever live on.

    8 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  22. CoreyB

    Rip you will be missed. Thanks for the great movies you gave us to remember you! Knocked Up is one of my favorite comedies ever and harold was a nice addition to that cast! Rip and im praying for his fam and friends

    8 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  23. Writer220


    8 months agoby @writer220Flag

  24. Brian

    Sad day.

    8 months agoby @brianFlag