I’ll wait a moment while you locate a box of tissues… Harold Ramis, beloved by so many children of the 80’s, and of course many others, passed away yesterday at the age of 69 from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis is probably most well-known for his role in Ghostbusters as Dr. Egon Spengler or playing opposite Bill Murray in Stripes. But he also directed some of the greatest comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Multiplicity, Analyze This, and Analyze That. One top of that already impressive resume, he co-wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House, Stripes, and Ghostbusters. He also direct several episodes of NBC’s The Office.
Bill Murray, who had reportedly had a drastic falling out with Ramis after making Grooundhog Day, gave the following statement to TIME in regards to Ramis’s passing:
“Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
Dan Aykroyd also posted the following on his Facebook page yesterday:
Our thoughts are with the family, friends, and fans of Ramis. This week, do yourself a favor and enjoy one of the many gems he left us, you won’t regret it!