There have been way too many celebrity deaths already this year, but goddammit, news of this one almost killed me.
From The Chicago Tribune:
"Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when
he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory
vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels,
his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.
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 vasculitis in late 2011, said
Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures
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."