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No. No no no no no no no. no.

Harold Ramis Is Dead, and I Hate Everything

Dammit. Harold Ramis just died. This is bullcrap, and I won’t stand for it. Someone needs to keep breakable objects away from me for a while.

The actor/writer/director/COMEDY LEGEND passed away in the wee hours of the morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that I’m just hearing about for the first time, but it’s on my sh*t list for eternity because it took Egon away from us.

In addition to playing Egon in the Ghostbusters movies, both of which he co-wrote, Ramis also co-wrote Stripes and Animal House and co-wrote and directed Caddyshack and that most wonderful of holiday movies, Groundhog Day. And then there was his early work on the classic sketch comedy show Second City Television (SCTV), other alumni of which include John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, and Eugene Levy.

That’s only a small sample, of course. Browse Ramis’ IMDB page to look at the rest of his filmography and be sad. More recently his movies were, um, not so good—there’s Year One, Analyze That, and Bedazzled—but he brought hilarity to TV as the director of several episodes of The Office. And he’s Harold freaking Ramis. Let’s all watch Groundhog Day tonight and laugh through our tears.

Writes the Chicago Tribune:

Ramis was quiet about his illness, but friends did visit, including brothers and Second City castmates Bill Murray, from whom he’d been estranged for years, and Brian Doyle-Murray, who appeared in seven Ramis movies.

“He was like the campfire that we all gathered around for light and warmth and knowledge,” his adult daughter Violet Stiel said.
“And that’s the truth,” added [wife] Erica Ramis.

He was only 69. This ain’t cool, world. I don’t approve.

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  • James Fletcher

    For serious.

  • Mike Chen

    Let us collect spores, molds, and fungus in his honor.

  • Anonymous

    That’s one ghost we don’t want to bust.

  • AverageDrafter

    Bill Murray’s best straight man – and his best director. Anderson may have captured his sadness, but Ramis captured his joy.

  • Lady Commentariat

    So sad to lose an intelligent, funny voice in Hollywood. Thanks for the awesome movies, Ramis.

  • Uncumber

    NOOO!! I just watched Ghostbusters last night. I didn’t know I was saying goodbye… :(

  • Anonymous

    Who we gonna call now?

  • Anonymous

    I will straighten a slinky.

  • Tana Siemaszko

    I’ll do both, they’re both lovely tributes. DAMMIT I’m crying now. I want him BACK.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Fuck you death! I grew up with this man via SCTV here in Canada. Hell, I lived in the same city where it was shot. Ghostbusters to this day is my fave comedy of all time and one of my earliest memories as a kid was seeing Egon and co. with my big sister. Stripes and Caddyshack was THE talked about comedies in school. Harold, I’m watching a few this week in your honour.

  • Zombiepeep

    I’m so sad about this. Ghost Busters is my all time No. 1 favorite movie and has been since I first saw it. Also — Egon? My first celebrity crush right there. So sad. :-(

  • Zombiepeep

    PART of a slinky. *eyebrow up*

  • Elias Algorithm

    Me too and I’m not afraid to admit I’ve been crying.

  • Adrian

    Why had he been estranged from Second City and Bill Murray?

  • locuas

    goodbye, you may find happiness experimentings on angels in heaven *sniff*

  • Anonymous

    For a good, recent, Ramis film there’s The Ice Harvest from 2005. It’s a very good noir-ish comedy.

  • Kelvin Mace

    You know what sucks worse than your favorite comic writer dying of an obscure disease? Learning that the disease you have that you thought was simply annoying, can be fatal.
    Well, my day just got way darker than I expected.

  • HappyCat

    He was absolute gold, the quiet voice that for me always had the best lines. RIP Harold, hope you get to make lots of good stuff in the afterlife.

  • Erin Treat

    Egon was always my favorite Ghostbuster when I was a kid. :’(

  • Rachel Hallows

    He seemed like a really lovely guy.
    This makes me so sad. I’m more upset about his passing than I was with John Hughes. Egon was my first crush and the template for all subsequent crushes. I wish I could make a giant Twinkie in his honour.

  • Calum Syers

    I just finished watching Groundhog Day in his honour. Goddamn it, this isn’t fair!

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m absolutely devestated by this news!

  • Mark Brown

    Egon’s not gone. He’s just gathering firsthand data about the spirit world. If you listen closely on a quiet night, you can hear him narrating, (mentally-reconstructed) tape-recorder in hand.

  • Jonas Albrecht

    This. This is what happens when you take the puppy away.

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    I don’t own Groundhog day but they say his comments on it are the best in the world we should all get that movie and listen

  • Ann Onimous

    According to this morning’s sample, the psycho-kinetic energy readings in the Chicagoland area are like a 35 foot, 600 pound Twinkie.