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'Ghostbusters' Actor Harold Ramis Dead at Age 69

Jim Staahl, Harold Ramis' friend and Second City understudy, remembers him as a force in the world of comedy.

Harold Ramis, actor, dead at age 69. (Creative Commons)
Harold Ramis, actor, dead at age 69. (Creative Commons)
Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director best known for his work in "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," is dead at age 69. He died on Monday morning in his Chicago-area home. 

Ramis was a veteran of the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), "Caddyshack" (1980), "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Groundhog Day" (1993), among others.

Jim Staahl, Ramis' friend and Second City understudy, remembers him as an iconic, comic talent. Ramis' death was caused by complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for four years, according to his representation at United Talent Agency. 

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