Chicago, IL - The man who helped create “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes,” and “Animal House” died in Chicago at 12:53 am Monday.
His family confirmed the death, saying he died from a rare disease called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
The condition causes swelling of the blood vessels.
Health issues began for Ramis in 2010 after an infection left him with complications related to the disease.
The illness took away his ability to walk, a skill he was able to re-learn before becoming sick again.
Ramis was a force in comedy with his early work coming at Chicago’s Second City where he learned with some of the greats.
The founder of Second City Bernie Sahlins told the Chicago Tribune Ramis was “the least changed by success of anyone I know in terms of sense of humor, of humility, sense of self.”
Sahlins went on, “he's the same Harold he was 30 years ago. He's had enormous success relatively, but none of it has gone to his head in any way.”
Yes, Harold Ramis was known in and out of the industry as not just a talented man, but a good guy.
Harold Ramis was 69 years old.