'The comedy voice of his generation': 'Ghostbusters' star and writer Harold Ramis dies at age 69

Famed comedic actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis has died at age 69.

The director and writer, whose films include Caddyshak, Ghostbusters, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day, passed away peacefully in his Chicago home surrounded by his loved ones on Feb. 24.

Harold died as a result of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare condition that causes blood vessels to swell. He had battled with the disease since 2010.

Canadian film producer and director Ivan Reitman, who produced Ghostbusters and was a close companion to Harold, spoke about his dearly departed friend on The Roz and Mocha show on Kiss 92.5.

“It was a terrible shock this morning when I heard,” he said. “He really represented the comedy voice of his generation.”

Various celebrities have also reacted to the sad news via Twitter.

Actor Billy Crystal, who starred in the Harold-directed, 1999 film Analyze This, wrote: “A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all.”

And Olivia Wilde, who worked with the director on the 2009 film Year One, wrote her condolences to the late star’s family. “Harold Ramis was a kind, wise, hilarious, brilliant guy with a Buddhist heart. So grateful to have worked for him. Sending love to his fam."

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