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Bill Murray’s Brother Ed, Who Inspired ‘Caddyshack,’ Dies

Bill Murray is mourning the death of his older brother Ed, who served as the inspiration behind the lead character in the 1980 cult classic ”Caddyshack.”

Bill Murray’s golf apparel company, William Murray Golf, announced Ed’s death Monday on Instagram alongside photos of the Murray brothers enjoying what they love most – golf.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray,” the tribute reads. “His loss is a hole that will never be filled.”

“It was an honor for all of us to get to know Ed and to spend time with him over the past half decade as we’ve built this brand with the Murray family,” the statement continues. ”Rest in paradise, to a true family man and a gentle, sweet soul. May we honor your memory from this day forward.”

The brand credits Ed, the eldest of the six Murray brothers, with introducing the Murray family to the game of golf after caddying at the Indian Hills Country Club in Winnetka at age 10. Ed went on to receive the Evans Scholarship, an award for golf caddies, at Northwestern University in 1963.

Ed’s life experience served as inspiration for Danny Noonan (played by Michael O’Keefe) in ”Caddyshack,” which was written by Brian Doyle-Murray and also starred Bill Murray.

Directed by “National Lampoon” alum Harold Ramis, and starring Chevy Chase, Murray and Ted Knight, the film follows Noonan, who works at an exclusive golf course that’s been shaken up by obnoxious new member Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and a destructive dancing gopher.

Ed was one of nine Murray children raised in Chicago’s North Shore by parents Ed and Lucille Murray. In addition to their love of golf, the six brothers — Joel, Brian Doyle, Ed, Johnny, Bill and Andy — are partners in the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant chain, which includes a Rosemont location.

ESPN has called “Caddyshack” one of the “funniest sports movie ever made.” In the film’s closing credits, there’s a “special acknowledgment” to Ed.

Ed’s life experience served as inspiration for Danny Noonan (played by Michael O’Keefe) in ”Caddyshack,” which was written by Brian Doyle-Murray and also starred Bill Murray.

Directed by “National Lampoon” alum Harold Ramis, and starring Chevy Chase, Murray and Ted Knight, the film follows Noonan, who works at an exclusive golf course that’s been shaken up by obnoxious new member Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and a destructive dancing gopher.

Ed was one of nine Murray children raised in Chicago’s North Shore by parents Ed and Lucille Murray. In addition to their love of golf, the six brothers — Joel, Brian Doyle, Ed, Johnny, Bill and Andy — are partners in the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant chain, which includes a Rosemont location.

ESPN has called “Caddyshack” one of the “funniest sports movie ever made.” In the film’s closing credits, there’s a “special acknowledgment” to Ed.

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