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Harold Ramis, an actor and director best known for hits like “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day,” died today at the age of 69.

Ramis died early Monday due to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, his wife confirmed.

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Ramis was a Chicago native raised in a Jewish home. His career spanned four decades, as he worked both in front of and behind the camera. A veteran of Chicago’s famed Second City troupe of comedic performers, his connections led to a library of film works that included some of comedy’s brightest stars.

Ramis found blockbuster success with films like “Caddyshack,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” and “Meatballs.” In later years he made several cameo appearances in movies like “Knocked Up” and “As Good As It Gets.” He also directed several episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”

Ramis is survived by his second wife, Erica Mann, three children, and two grandchildren. He contracted autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis in 2010.

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