Rest in Peace: Harold Ramis

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Rest in Peace: Harold RamisIt is with truly heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a true legend in the industry. Harold Ramis has passed on at the all too young age of just 69. Read on for details and to express your condolences.

According to MSN, Ramis died overnight of complications from auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that causes swelling of the blood vessels. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at his Chicago-area home, where he returned to live in 1996 after 20 years in Los Angeles, according to a statement from UTA, which repped him.

Genre fans will always remember Ramis as paranormal investigator Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, and of course his untimely passing puts the status of the long talked about third entry in that franchise in question.

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

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor this comedy legend’s legacy and offer our sincerest of condolences to Ramis’ many friends, his family, and of course his constituents. The world just became a little less funny today. You will be missed, sir.

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Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

  • LifeMi

    Bill Murray’s career wouldn’t have been half as successful as it’s been were it not for Harold Ramis. This one hurts more than most, because I grew up with Ramis’ films and he will be sorely missed.

  • DavidFullam

    Farewell Harold and thank you for all you did.

  • Cinemascribe

    This is truly heartbreaking news. I lost one of my favorites today. He was a talented actor, director and writer. His sharp wit will be sorely missed.

    On a somewhat related note, I sincerely hope that everyone involved will now abandon the idea of making Ghostbusters III once and for all. If the studio is determined to proceed, do a reboot. A straight reboot/remake. A sequel won’t work. It was bad enough to even consider moving forward without Murray, but there’s no way in hell they could hope to capture the magic again without Egon. Go back and watch both Ghostbusters movies again. Harold Ramis was a lot more essential to why the comedy worked than people tend to give him credit for.

    • MonsterMash

      Well said. R.I.P.

    • Terminal

      Hear hear.