Dammit, We Lost Egon (1944 – 2014)

The Superficial / February 24, 2014

While Alec Baldwin throws his hissy fit in the media he hates so much, Hollywood lost a true icon today when comedic actor/director Harold Ramis died early this morning. The Chicago Tribune reports:

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 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.”

As someone who grew up on his movies, I can’t help but appreciate Harold Ramis’ final gift to the world of giving everyone the chance to go, “Haha, 69.” Which, in retrospect, seems beneath him, and now I just tarnished his whole legacy. I’ll stop talking.

Rest in Peace, Egon