'Caddyshack' writer/director Harold Ramis dead at 69
Harold Ramis, writer and director of "Caddyshack" -- among a list of other great comedies -- has died at age 69.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Ramis died at 12:53 a.m. Monday from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.
Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon’'s Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."
"Caddyshack" was Ramis' first feature film.
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