Writer, director and original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, died today due to complications resulting from his ongoing battle with a rare disease that effects the cardiovascular system.
Fans of the 80s sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters remember Ramis as the intelligent and quirky Egon Spengler. But many don’t realize that in real life, he was an exceptional writer as well. He wrote the Ghostbusters films, Groundhog Day and Analyze This.
"His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him," read a press release from his representatives at United Talent Agency.
Ramis was a Chicago native who got his big break when writing the cult classic National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978. His directorial debut came in 1980 with Caddyshack. His most recent film was Year One, which he wrote, directed and appeared in alongside Jack Black and Olivia Wilde.
He died due to complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, the rare disease causes a swelling of the blood vessels.