Harold Ramis dies: Twinkie memorial left at ‘Ghostbusters’ firehouse in TriBeCa

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Mourners left Twinkies at a memorial for Ramis in honor of the “Big Twinkie” scene in “Ghostbusters.” (Photo: PIX11)

NEW YORK (PIX11/CNN) - “Ghostbusters” fans flocked to a TriBeCa firehouse Monday to pay their respects to late actor, comedian and director Harold Ramis, who starred in the film.

8th Hook and Ladder firehouse was the set for the smash hit picture, which made a profound impression in the memory of so many movie goers and New Yorkers.

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Faithful “Ghostbusters” fans flocked to a TriBeCa fire house to pay respects to actor Harold Ramis, who died at 69. (Photo: PIX11)

One of the people paying tribute Monday was 69-year-old Ron Maxwell, who works in information technology on Wall Street.

“I’ve known ever since the movie came out (about the memorial being at the firehouse), I’m a native New Yorker,” said Maxwell.  “So, the firehouse is the most famous place, one of the most famous New York Movie Icons, and I just knew it’s been here forever.”

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(Photo: PIX11)

“I’m a big fan of his, from The Second City, “Caddy Shack”, “Stripes”; I’m obviously a big Ghostbusters fan,” Maxwell said.  “You know the world is a lot less funnier today, because of his passing. So I just came by to pay my respects.”

For more than 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in comedy. A veteran of the Second City troupe in his hometown of Chicago, he was a writer for “SCTV” and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Analyze This” (1999).

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Maxwell at Grand Central Terminal before a “Ghostbuster”-themed party in Midtown. (Photo: Ron Maxwell)

His death was caused by complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for four years, according to United Talent Agency, which represented Ramis for many years.

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, three children and two grandchildren.


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