We lost another iconic voice in the world of cinema. Harold Ramis passed away early Monday morning, according to Ramis' wife Erica Mann Ramis and Chicago Tribune. Ramis will always be remembered for his directing/writing/acting in cult classics Stripes, Caddyshack, Animal House, Groundhog Day and The Real Ghostbusters. Ramis was 69.
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.
Ramis' family, friends, colleagues and fans mourned his passing:
So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and more.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis, rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/vSB70NKzHC
— Laugh Factory (@thelaughfactory) February 24, 2014
R.I.P. Harold Ramis (1944 - 2014) pic.twitter.com/6JPynv2E9C
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) February 24, 2014
In honor of Harold Ramis, I collect spores, molds and fungus (in my teeth).
— Stacey Nightmare (@STACEYNIGHTMARE) February 24, 2014
You did some fine and funny work Harold Ramis, sad to see you go. You leave some great laughs behind.
— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) February 24, 2014
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Sad to hear brilliant comedian, writer & director Harold Ramis has passed. A giant talent & extremely nice man. RIP. pic.twitter.com/b1RFFKGW9G
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) February 24, 2014
No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis. You contributed to some of my favorite comedies of all time. Your contribution to comedy helped shape my taste. Rest in peace.
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) February 24, 2014
Thanks for everything, Dr. Egon Spengler.