Actor/Director Harold Ramis Dies at Age 69
The Chicago Tribune reports that actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has passed away this Morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. He was 69. According to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis the actor was surrounded by his family when he died.
According to the report, Ramis has been suffering from a serious of health issues since 2010 when an infection led to complications related to the autoimmune disease. Ramis had to relearn to walk but unfortunately suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011.
Ramis was best-known for his film roles as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), both of which he co-wrote.
As a writer/director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV (in which he also performed), and one of three screenwriters for the film National Lampoon's Animal House (1978).