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Ghostbusters star and director Harold Ramis dies

1 of 1 Harold Ramis at a Meet the Oscars event in 2010
Harold Ramis at a Meet the Oscars event in 2010

Ghostbusters star and Groundhog Day director Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69.

Ramis was best known as bespectacled boffin Dr Egon Spengler in the two Ghostbusters movies but he also won acclaim for directing Groundhog Day and Analyze This.

Ramis was surrounded by family in his Chicago home when he died early this morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, his wife Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune.

Ramis' big break came when he penned National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978. His directorial debut came in 1980 with Caddyshack.

His most recent work was for a 2009 movie Year One, in which he wrote, directed and was featured in alongside Jack Black and Olivia Wilde.

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

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