Harold Ramis, an actor and director best known for the films Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, has died on Monday at the age of 69.
Ramis, who played the awkward and nerdy Egon Spengler in 1984’s hit comedy Ghostbusters and its sequels, died of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, according to the BBC.
The star also found fame for writing and directing numerous comedies, including Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993) and National Lampoon’s Vacation in the same year,
“His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him,” said his family in a statement.
Ramis’ health began going downhill in 2010 when complications of the autoimmune disease arose from an infection – his condition being so severe he had to re-learn how to walk, a family spokesperson told the Chicago Tribune.
The star never fully recovered from the disease.
Tributes began pouring in from all around Hollywood as the industry reeled from his death.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.]
May he now get the answers he was always seeking,” Ghostbuster’s co-star Dan Akroyd said.
“Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all,” tweeted American actor Billy Crystal.
“Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you” actor Steve Carell wrote.
Users of social networking site also paid tribute to Ramis’ death.
“So sorry to hear of Mr.Ramis passing. He will forever live in our hearts and memories. Rest peacefully Mr. Harold Ramis,” wrote one user.
“As far as I concern, you can't do another Ghostbusters film without Harold Ramis,” wrote another.
Ramis is survived by Erica, his wife, Julian and Daniel, his sons, Violet, his daughter, and two grandchildren.SHOW MORE