Author’s Note: This was extremely hard for me to write. I still feel like I have so much more to say, but can’t exactly put it into words. As a big Ghostbusters fan since I was a kid, I am completely lost and heartbroken. Harold Ramis was an icon and I really don’t know how to feel. I had to write this for The Hudsucker because I wanted others to know how great he was and hopefully, share my thoughts on the beauty that was this comedic genius.
It’s been said that laughter is the shortest distance between two people. With such a thought in mind, one can never forget the bridge comedic genius Harold Ramis built, as he brought audiences together and helped define wise-cracking comedy for generations to come. Ramis, who was best known for his roles in Ghostbusters, Stripes; and director and writer of such classic comedies such as Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, passed away peacefully at the age of 69 early Monday from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis; a rare disease he battled for four years. The disease which initially began from an infection in 2010, involves a swelling of the blood vessels. The disease depleted Ramis’ condition over the years, forcing him to learn how to re-walk in late 2011 after suffering a relapse. In a statement released by United Talent Agency, Ramis was surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago area home, where he and his wife Erica Mann Ramis lived since 1996.
Harold Ramis and his distinctly wise and hyper-active sense of humor injected life into the age-old screwball humor from the past into the 1970s and 1980s, ultimately paving the way for mainstream comedies today. Ramis’ films have been beloved by many and continue to age exactly like wine through the chuckles and adoration they still anchor in today.