Harold Ramis Passes Away of Autoimmune Complications

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CHICAGO (WBKO) -- American actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. He was 69.

His wife, Erica Mann Ramis, said he was surrounded by family when he died just before 1:00 AM Monday morning.

Ramis began struggling with serious health issues in 2010, when an infection led to complications related to the autoimmune disease. Ramis had to learn to walk again and suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011.

Ramis is best-known for his role as Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters films as well as Russell Ziskey in Stripes, both of which he co-wrote. As a writer and director, he worked on such classics as Caddyshack and Groundhog Day.