Harold Ramis, aka Egon Spengler, dead at the age of 69


It’s a sad day for fans of seemingly every comedy from the past 35 years: Harold Ramis, famous for his role as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, has died today from complications from a rare disease called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.

Harold Ramis wrote such comedy hits such as National Lampoon’s Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Back to School and Groundhog Day. He also directed National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This and Bedazzled.

Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.

Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.

R.I.P. Harold Ramis, your contribution to everyone’s childhood means a lot to us here at Nerd Reactor and you will be missed.


Please feel free to quote Ghostbusters (or any of his other classic films) in the comments section below.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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