For a man who said he knew he would never be big in comedy when he got on stage next to John Belushi…Harold Ramis sure was big in comedy. Big as in, Ramis turned out to be one of the most gifted and hilarious actors, writers and even, directors, of comedy that there ever were.
Plus, for us in St Louis, we can consider him a Homie. He went to Wash U and has a star on the St Louis Walk of Fame.
He passed away early, early Monday morning in Chicago, from a disease that many of us had no frame of reference for. From CNN.com:
The disease that led to actor-director Harold Ramis’ death is one of an often-mysterious family of maladies that can starve organs and cause painful tissue damage.Vasculitis develops when the body’s immune system turns on its network of veins and arteries. Blood vessels become inflamed, restricting the flow of blood or cutting it off entirely, according to the National Institutes of Health. The disease can also cause an aneurysm, potentially leading to dangerous internal bleeding. “Basically, the arteries can be leaking, they can be blocked or broken, and that all causes problems,” said Dr. Peter Merkel, a rheumatologist and director of the Penn Vasculitis Center at the University of Pennsylvania medical school. “If you interrupt the blood supply, whatever organ or tissue is being supplied downstream is unhappy.”
Oh, and it is evidently painful, as you might have guessed. 😦 He had also been dealing with it for 4 years. Wow.
On a much better note, from buzzfeed.com, here are 11 highlights from Harold Ramis’ amazing career. Highlights as a writer, director and as an actor. Enjoy!