CHICAGO — Harold Ramis, the bespectacled ‘‘Ghostbusters’’ sidekick to Bill Murray whose early grounding in live comedy led to blockbuster movies such as ‘‘National Lampoon’s Animal House,’’ ‘’Caddyshack,’’ and ‘‘Groundhog Day,’’ died Monday. He was 69.
Mr. Ramis, who suffered for several years from an autoimmune disease that caused inflammation and damage to his blood vessels, died at his home in the Chicago suburbs, surrounded by family and friends, his talent agency said.
Perhaps his greatest legacy is his influence on generations of comedians, actors, and directors due to his ability to infuse comedy with a broader, sometimes spiritual message, said Andrew Alexander, president and chief executive of The Second City. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.