Character actor and writer-director Harold Ramis has died. He was 69.

Ramis is best remembered for his roles in the comedies Stripes and Ghostbusters, but he also directed such classics as Caddyshack and Groundhog Day.

More recently, he'd directed four episodes of The Office. Ramis passed away in the early hours of this morning (Monday) of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.


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Harold Ramis has died, and Hollywood has reacted on Twitter.

Billy Crystal: "Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all."

Dan Aykroyd: "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

Jon Favreau: "No no, not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed."

Seth MacFarlane: "Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed."

Jason Biggs: "Filling out the paperwork to rename my kid Harold."

Zach Braff: "If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon."

Albert Brooks: "So sad to hear about Harold Ramis. Comedy lost a big one."

Kat Dennings: "Devastated about Harold Ramis… Groundhog Day is my favorite movie of all time. He made people happy and influenced so many, including me."