Film icon Harold Ramis, who is best known for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1984 classic Ghostbusters (which he co-wrote and starred in), passed away early this morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.
Reports started coming in just before lunch today, February 24, 2014 and we confirmed with several news sources including the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News.
Mr. Ramis wrote, starred in, directed and produced some of the most memorable films of the last 40 years, including
- Animal House
- Back to School
- Caddyshack II
- Ghostbusters II
- Groundhog Day
- Analyze This
Sadly, his passing comes just as Ghostbusters was about to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary and many speculate that a new Ghostbusters film would be announced this year. In fact, ABC News reported:
His “Ghostbusters” co-star, Dan Aykroyd, also told ABC News last spring that “Ghostbusters 3” could film this year, and that Ramis was “in on it.”
We will miss you dearly Harold Ramis. Thanks for making our lives better with your art!
UPDATE [2-25-14] – Less than 24 hours after his passing, this original image from artist Ash Vickers appeared online. It totally captures our feelings about Harold Ramis and Ghostbusters. Show her some love by saying thank you, liking, retweeting, etc.
This makes me truly sad.