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Bill Murray mourns the death of his older brother Ed, who served as the inspiration behind the main character in the 1980s cult classic “Caddyshack”.
Bill Murray’s golf clothing company, William Murray Golf, announced Ed’s death Monday on Instagram, along with photos of the Murray brothers enjoying what they love most – golf.
“It is with the heaviest hearts that we announce the passing of legend Ed Murray,” the tribute reads. “His loss is a hole that will never be filled.”
Ed was the eldest Murray brother according to William Murray Golf.
The brand credits Ed with introducing the Murray family to the game of golf after caddying at the Indian Hills Country Club at the age of 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 in Bill Murray.
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Directed by “National Lampoon” alum Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Murray and Ted Knight, the film follows Noonan, working on an exclusive golf course that has been rocked by the disgusting new member Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and a destructive dance gopher.
ESPN has called “Caddyshack” one of the “funniest sports movies ever made.”
In the final credits, there is a “special acknowledgment” to Ed.
“It was an honor for all of us to get to know Ed and spend time with him over the past half decade as we have built this brand with the Murray family,” the statement said. “Rest in paradise, to a true family man and a gentle, sweet soul. May we honor your memory from this day on.”
Reps for Bill Murray, 70, did not immediately return USA TODAY’s request for comment.
On Twitter Monday, Brother Joel remembered Ed as “the nice Murray who remembered everyone’s name.”
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In 2015, Ed told Santa Maria Sun that he enjoyed the sport because you can “learn about a person on a golf course.”
“I love it more than anything! I have been playing since I was 8 years old, ”said Murray. “I think golf is such a great sport because it’s an honest game. It’s a game of honor.”
Golf also served as a time of bond with his siblings: “It was not about me, it was not about Billy either. Usually he’s the headline … It was the fact that all six of us caddied. “
All six Murray brothers – Ed, Brian, John, Bill, Andy and Joel – were inducted into the Caddy Hall of Fame in 2015, “something all the boys take pride in as this game helped shape their lives”, the statement reads .
Contribution: Patrick Ryan
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