Harold Ramis, one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers, died on Monday morning at the age of 69. Ramis, who was famous for films like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, and Analyze This, passed away from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
Ramis’ health problems started in May 2010 when he struggled with an infection that ledto complications from the disease, which involves swelling of the blood vessels, reports the Chicago Tribune. He had to learn to walk again, but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011.
The actor was known for his wild, silly, and sometimes anarchist comedies. Judd Apatow, who cast Ramis as Seth Rogen’s father in Knocked Up, recalled of his time with Ramis, “When I was 15, I interviewed Harold for my high school radio station, and he was the person that I wanted to be when I was growing up. His work is the reason why so many of us got into comedy.”
Friends and fans of Ramis took to Twitter to express their condolences.
RIP Harold Ramis – A creator of often outrageous comedy yet always laced with heart. If u don’t recognize his name. Look it up!
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) February 24, 2014
Saddened by the Harold Ramis news. He is one of your favorites without realizing he’s one of your favorites until you look at his IMDB
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis influenced my life in so many ways. I’m going to hug the hell out of my Egon figures when I get home. RIP.
— Steve Zaragoza (@stevezaragoza) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and children Violet, Julian, and Daniel.