Bill Murray’s brother Ed, known for inspiration behind movie Caddyshack, dies


Bill Murray‘s eldest brother Ed, known for being the inspiration behind the film Caddyshack, has passed away.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray,” read an announcement posted to Instagram by Bill’s apparel company, William Murray Golf.

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The heartfelt tribute was posted alongside a series of photos featuring the Murray brothers — including the Ghostbusters star as well as his famous siblings Brian-Doyle Murray and Joel Murray.

“Named after the family patriarch, it was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game of golf — by way of caddying at Indian Hills Country Club — at the age of 10, no less. (They don’t make ’em like that anymore.)

“Ed was the recipient of the Evans Scholarship back in 1963, while attending Northwestern University — a scholarship awarded to golf caddies — a family storyline which served as inspiration for the Danny Noonan character in Caddyshack when Brian Doyle-Murray co-wrote that iconic screenplay.

Bill Murray in Caddyshack. (Orion Pictures)

“Ed and all five Murray brothers are members of the Caddie Hall of Fame, as well—something all the boys take pride in, as this game helped shape their lives. It was an honour 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 — and his loss is a hole that will never be filled.”

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