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Ghostbusters' Harold Ramis dies aged 69

Thursday, February 27, 2014    

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Hollywood star Harold Ramis has died aged 69 after a long illness.

Ramis was one of Tinseltown's most successful filmmakers in the 1980's and 90's - starring in Ghostbusters and writing credits on classics such as Animal House, Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Stripes, Groundhog Day and Analyze This.

The Chicago native died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis -- which swells the blood vessels -- surrounded by family just before 1:00am on Monday, his wife Erica told the Chicago Tribune.

Ramis' health began going downhill in 2010 when complications of the autoimmune disease arose from an infection. The condition was so severe he had to learn how to walk all over again, a family spokesperson told the paper.

He never fully recovered, and finally lost his battle with the disease.

Tributes began pouring in from all around Hollywood as the industry reeled from his death.

"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking," Dan Akroyd said.

"Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all," tweeted Billy Crystal.

"Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis, the Buddha of Comedy. Brilliant, humble, radiant. We've lost an icon," tweeted Rainn Wilson.

Ramis recently directed several episodes of NBC's The Office, Wilson co-starred in the show as the neurotic Dwight Schrute.

"Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you," tweeted Office star Steve Carell.

The beloved filmmaker was known for his over the top comedies with an uncommon touch.

-- Daily Mail

Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton split

Robin Thicke, 36, and Paula Patton, 38, have split.

On Monday, the married couple of nine years announced they were separating.

"We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," they told People in a joint statement.

The news comes on the heels of several reports the 36-year-old crooner flirted behind the back of his 38-year-old actress wife.

Ever since his song Blurred Lines became a breakout hit in early 2013, the crooner has been caught in a series of bad situations.

Soon after Miley Cyrus twerked in his face and rubbed a foam hand on her private parts as she backed into him during the August MTV Video Music Awards, he was caught with his hand on blonde socialite Lana Scolaro's derriere.

Though they were man and wife for almost a decade, they met when he was only 14-years-old.

Five years after their 2005 wedding they welcomed son Julian Fuego Thicke.

In 2013 the son of actor Alan Thicke said of Patton, "We're pretty sure we've loved each other for a few lives."

-- Daily Mail

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