Updated 02/24/14 – 2:35 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Legendary Chicago comedian, screenwriter and director Harold Ramis — who gave us such iconic films as “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” and “Groundhog Day,” and co-starred in “Ghostbusters” — has died after a long illness.
The Second City comedy troupe, where Ramis got his start in improv in 1968, confirmed he died Monday morning.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend and alumni, Harold Ramis. It is a great loss for his family and the film and entertainment communities. Our thoughts are with his wife Erica and their family,” Second City CEO Andrew Alexander said.