The music community mourns death of actor Harold Ramis

The Ghostbusters star and director influenced musicians

Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69, due to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis, a gifted comedic talent, was perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler in the film Ghostbusters (1984), but also starred in other films such as Stripes (1981) and directed the classic films Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), and Groundhog Day (1993).

Not surprisingly, Ramis’ influence spilled over from film into the music world, as evidenced by the following tweets:

Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren, who’s penned songs for Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and many more, scored her first movie song in Ramis’ most famous film.

Moby expressed his love for the late comedic actor.

Pop singer/songwriter Liz Phair has enjoyed Ramis’ work.

Ramis was said to be star and pen the script for the long-awaited Ghostbusters III sequel which has undergone a series of hold ups. No word on if or when the project will resume.

Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.

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