Director of Groundhog Day and star of Ghostbusters dies in Chicago.

Writer, director and actor Harold Ramis has died aged 69, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He was best known for playing Egon Spengler in 1984 blockbuster Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in 1981 comedy Stripes, both of which he co-wrote. As a writer-director, Ramis’ films included Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993) and Analyze This (1999).

Ramis was surrounded by family when he died this morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune.

Ramis’ production company, Ocean Pictures, made features including Jack Black comedy Year One, which was the last film he co-wrote and directed. He also directed four episodes of US sitcom The Office, the last of which he directed in 2010.