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Hollywood actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has passed away aged just 69.
As an actor, his most memorable roles include Egon in Ghostbusters as well as Russell Ziskey in Stripes, but his most significant contributions to Hollywood came from behind the camera—as the writer and director of legendary comedies such as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and Analyze This.
His wife, Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune that he passed away early this morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease in which the blood vessels swell. She added that he has faced a series of ongoing health complications since 2010.
Although Harold has sadly passed, he will live on, not only through his three children and two grandchildren, but also in his immense body of work and the profound impact he’s had on the genre of comedy.
“His work is the reason why so many of us got into comedy,” fellow writer Judd Apatow told the Tribune. “He literally made every single one of our favorite movies.”
He will be sorely missed.