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'Ghostbusters' actor Harold Ramis dies at 69

CHICAGO (AP) -- Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, best known for his roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes," died Monday at his suburban Chicago home after a four-year battle with an autoimmune disease, his talent agency said.

Ramis, 69, died early Monday morning of complications from vasculitis, which causes inflammation and damage to blood vessels, said Chris Day, a spokesman at United Talent Agency. Ramis was surrounded by family and friends.

Ramis was a key factor in some of the biggest blockbuster comedies in the 1970s and 1980s.

Harold Ramis, 'Ghostbusters' Star, Dies At 69

He co-wrote "Animal House," which starred fellow Second City alum John Belushi. He teamed up with Second City alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd on "Ghostbusters," in which Ramis co-starred and helped write. He also co-wrote "Meatballs" and "Caddy Shack," both of which starred Murray.

"The best comedy touches something that's timeless and universal in people," Ramis told The Associated Press in a 2009 story about the 50th anniversary of Second City. "When you hit it right, those things last."

More recently, he directed "Analyze This," starring Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro.

Aykroyd issued a statement Monday, saying he was "deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend ... May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

Ramis was born Nov. 21, 1944 in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Erica Ramos; sons Julian and Daniel; daughter, Violet, and two grandchildren.

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aende83513 February 25 2014 at 9:31 AM

He also wrote "Groundhog Day" a wonderful, clever screenplay.

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Hipo Bob February 25 2014 at 12:06 AM

Here she comes just a-walking down the street, singing Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Doo Diddy Doo. beautiful funny man. "Stripes" is my favorite movie of all time. Harold was a genious.

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whosere February 24 2014 at 10:58 PM

HAROLD WAS A PRINCE!!! A FUNNY, GIFTED, NICE, AND OFTEN WONDERFULLY OUTRAGEOUS PRINCE!!! S.L. LONG

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Mike February 24 2014 at 10:45 PM

Wonderful person with a great wit and humble attitude. He will be greatly missed.

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sunsirayw February 25 2014 at 1:04 AM

We, all know who to call, now. We enjoyed his work and will continue to enjoy it. Love to his entire family.
Just one Ghost Buster!

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mc February 24 2014 at 10:54 PM

Loved Harold on SCTV, and it was always a treat to find him in the cast of a movie. He was very gifted and will be missed. Sad to hear of his passing and that he suffered with vasculitis. Condolences to his family and loved ones. This must be a sad day for his contemporaries.

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retour mc February 24 2014 at 11:03 PM

I don't remember him on that show at all...I'm sure he was there but I just don't remember him...

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topjimi1 retour February 24 2014 at 11:24 PM

Bill Murrays costar in STRIPES. THe one he enlists in the army with. And, "Egon" in GHOSTBUSTES... Among other things.

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m.hampden February 24 2014 at 10:10 PM

My sympathies to his family. I loved his movies .
R.I.P.

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frogibc1 February 24 2014 at 10:53 PM

There are no words to describe his genius. So, I won't try.

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SusieB frogibc1 February 25 2014 at 2:37 AM

I AGREE...THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE LOSS OF HIM TO THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY...SO MANY LAUGHS AND MEMORIES...RIP AND THOUGHTS TO HIS FAMILY....JUST TOO SOON..CSBEHRENS

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jsm422 February 24 2014 at 10:00 PM

He will be missed by many. A truely talented man.

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msginny1 February 25 2014 at 12:08 AM

Sorry to read about, yet another, actor's death. Are these stories proof read before they are printed?

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