"Ghostbusters" actor/director Harold Ramis dead at 69

Associated PressFebruary 24, 2014 

In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis laughs as he walks the Red Carpet to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. An attorney for Ramis said the actor died Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes."

AP PHOTO/JIM PRISCHING

Harold Ramis, the Chicago comedian whose films "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Ghostbusters" are among the most beloved and successful of all time, has died.

According to Biography.com, Ramis co-wrote "Ghostbusters," in which he appeared with fellow Second City alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.

The website says he also co-wrote "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Meatballs" and directed such films as "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."

He was 69. Ramis was surrounded by family at his North Shore home when he died overnight from a rare autoimmune inflammatory disease, his wife told the Chicago Tribune.

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