Some sad news to report here on iHorror today: “Ghostbusters” star and writer Harold Ramis has passed away.

According to Ramis’ talent agency, he died overnight due to complications from auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease which he had been battling for the past four years. Ramis “passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago area home.”

Of course readers of this site will most likely remember Ramis for his role as the straight-laced Dr. Egon Spengler in “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters 2,” but the Chicago-born Ramis’ contributions were also much more. He was a talented writer, having classic comedies like “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Stripes,” “Meatballs,” and “Back To School” all to his credit, among others. He also co-wrote and directed “Caddyshack.”

What does Ramis’ passing mean for the long-awaited “Ghostbusters 3”? One thing is for sure, it won’t be the same without him.

For now, in remembrance of Harold Ramis, let’s all strap on our proton packs and enjoy a viewing of “Ghostbusters” in his honor.

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