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Comedy legend and Ghostbuster Harold Ramis dies

Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:02 AM
 
Actor and director Harold Ramis arrives for the premiere of Year One in New York on June 15, 2009. Ramis, an influential comedian who wrote and directed classic films like Caddy Shack and Groundhog Day, died on Monday at the age of 69.  -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CHICAGO (AFP) - Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, an influential comedian who wrote and directed classic films like Caddy Shack and Groundhog Day, died on Monday at the age of 69. 

Ramis, a longtime resident of Chicago, was surrounded by his family when he died of a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune.

His style balanced cleverness with outright silliness and absurd stunts.

Ramis has been cited as an inspiration by a new generation of comedians and directors like Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow.

 
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