American acting and filmmaking legend Harold Ramis passed away this morning.
The 69-year-old Ramis reportedly died from complications of a rare disease – autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis (blood vessel swelling).
Ramis’ health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the disease. He had to relearn to walk, but suffered a relapse in late 2011. He was surrounded by family when he died.
Ramis is best known for co-writing and starring as Dr. Egon Spengler in the “Ghostbusters” films as well as co-writing and starring in the military comedy “Stripes”.
While he also had memorable roles in “As Good as It Gets,” “Airheads,” “Knocked Up,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” he was even more famous for his filmmaking. In his time Ramis wrote and directed such comedy classics as “Caddyshack,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This”.
Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans.