Hollywood legend Harold Ramis who is well known for his films like "Caddyshack," "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day," and "Animal House" -- has died at the age of 69.
According to his family, the writer-director passed away early this morning at his Chicago home from complications stemming from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease involving the swelling of blood vessels reported Tmz.com
He was surrounded by his family at the time of his demise.
Ramis was 69. He is survived by his wife Erica, his sons Julian and Daniel, his daughter Violet, and two grandchildren.
Besides "Caddyshack" he has directed "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Analyze This" and several other films.
He also played Seth Rogen’s father in Knocked Up and had directed four episodes of NBC’s The Office.
Harold Ramis, born in Chicago in 1944, has created or starred in some of the most successful comedies of all time, includingCaddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Knocked Up, and many more.
Earning a degree in English literature, Ramis graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1967.
After a string of jobs, including working as a substitute teacher, he landed a position at Playboy magazine as a jokes editor. Ramis eventually became an associate editor there before leaving to join the famous improvisational comedy troupe Second City in 1969.
Ramis co-wrote the screenplay for the hit college comedy N ational Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which starred John Belushi and was directed by John Landis.
Ramis made his directorial debut with Caddyshack (1980). Starring veteran stand-up performer Rodney Dangerfield, this comedy pokes fun at a posh country club and its snooty members. Ramis also wrote the script for the film along with Doug Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray. Stepping in front of the camera, Ramis co-starred with Bill Murray in the military send-up Stripes (1981).
He played Murray's best friend who joins the army with him.
Murray and Ramis went on to battle the supernatural with Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters (1984). In perhaps one of his best-known roles, Ramis played the super intellectual Dr. Egon Spengler in the film. Murray and Aykroyd played the two other scientists with whom he forms a company to remove unwanted ghosts from people's homes.
Below are some Tweets posted by fans, friends and industry veterans:
I just can't believe one of The Ghostbusters is dead. How old are we? RIP Harold Ramis.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 24, 2014
Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero...
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 24, 2014
Set your entry grid. Neutronise your field. Harold Ramis lives forever in the storage facility of our movie collections. The light is green.
— Andrew Ellard (@ellardent) February 24, 2014
So sad to hear Harold Ramis passed away. He was one of the most underrated funny actors who ever lived.
— cinemassacre (@cinemassacre) February 24, 2014
Awful news; Harold Ramis was a brilliant writer and director, and a very very good man. RIP
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) February 24, 2014
Check out a clip from Harold Ramis' film: Groundhog day