Harold Ramis, the man who brought us comedies such as "Stripes", the "Ghostbusters" movies and "Groundhog Day", sadly has died at age 69.
He had been suffering from a rare vascular disease since 2010 and passed away at his home in Chicago on February 24th, 2014.
Ramis’ big break came in 1978, when he co-wrote "National Lampoon’s Animal House", after which he went on to co-write "Stripes", "Ghostbusters", and "Ghostbusters II". Ramis made his directorial debut with 1980′s "Caddyshack", followed by "National Lampoon’s Vacation". His most recent projects include 1999's "Analyze This", 2001's "Analyze That" - starring Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal lastly 2009′s "Year One", which starred Jack Black and Michael Cera. He also received The American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA award for screenwriting.
Longtime friend and co-writer Dan Aykroyd spoke about his "Ghostbusters" co-star stating that he was "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." Harold Ramis played Egon Spangler in the Ghostbusters movies which was his most remembered screen role.
He is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, his sons Julian and Daniel, a daughter Violet and two grandchildren.
A majority of Harold Ramis’ projects took place during the 1980s - and so he holds a special place in our hearts here at ‘80s Mixed. He will be missed so much by so many.