Harold Ramis was a comic legend, whose writing in "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This" influenced some of today's greats.
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"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," Ramis' friend and co-star Dan Aykroyd wrote today in response to his death at 69 years old.
Ramis died early this morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, his wife Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune.
The news of his death sent shockwaves through the entertainment community. Seth MacFarlane, Billy Crystal, Michael Ian Black and others took to Twitter to voice their sadness over the loss.
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. bc— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 24, 2014
Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis, the Buddha of Comedy. Brilliant, humble, radiant. We've lost an icon. #GroundhogDay— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) February 24, 2014
If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 24, 2014
Dammit. Harold Ramis passed away. Caddyshack. Vacation. Stripes. Ghostbusters. Groundhog Day. Animal House. One of the greats. Sad day.— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 24, 2014
Thank you, Harold Ramis.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 24, 2014
So sad to hear about Harold Ramis. One of the all time greats.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis is one of my true all-time comedy heroes and influences. Rest in peace.— David Wain (@davidwain) February 24, 2014