`Ghostbusters` actor, Chicagoan Harold Ramis dead at 69 - KMSP-TV

`Ghostbusters` actor, Chicagoan Harold Ramis dead at 69

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, best known for his roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes," died Monday at his suburban Chicago home after a four-year battle with an autoimmune disease, his talent agency said.

Ramis, 69, died early Monday morning of complications from vasculitis, which causes inflammation and damage to blood vessels, said Chris Day, a spokesman at United Talent Agency. Ramis was surrounded by family and friends.

Before Ramis took us on vacation, taught us who to call and showed us the power of repetition, he was a kid from Chicago.

Harold Ramis was born in Chicago on November 21, 1944. His youth spent at Senn High School was but a preview of the legend he would eventually become.

Susan Lofton, Senn High School principal, said that Ramis was the perfect student.

"He was into everything, well rounded kid," said Lofton.

Joel Ewing, the lead theatre teacher at Senn Arts, said that Ramis' legacy at the school is a perfect path for their students to follow.

"It's huge for our current students - many of the iconic films," said Ewing.

Ramis joined Second City in 1969. Kelly Leonard, the Executive Vice President of the comedy troupe, said Chicagoans feel the loss more than anyone.

"The loss is so deep. Everyone who works here has that story," said Leonard.

Leonard also said that Second City wouldn't be what it is today without the Ramis touch.

"Second City is… that's what Harold was," Leonard added.

His legacy lives on in his work.

His touch of comedy, both in front of and behind the camera are a testament to what a kid from Chicago can do.

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Ramis; sons Julian and Daniel; daughter, Violet, and two grandchildren.

Click HERE for Harold Ramis' full filmography.

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