Ed Murray: Bill Murray brother And, Inspiration Behind film 'Caddyshack,' Des

Ed Murray: Bill Murray brother And, Inspiration Behind film 'Caddyshack,' Des



Bill Murray and his family are in mourning. The actor's eldest brother, Ed, has died.

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

Bill Murray is in mourning after the death of his brother Ed, who served as the inspiration behind the lead character in Caddyshack.

The 70-year-old actor's golf apparel company, William Murray Golf, announced Ed's death on Monday in a statement shared to Instagram alongside photos of the Murray brothers throughout the years. It is believed Ed was 76 at the time of his death.

Named after the family patriarch, it was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game of golf—by way of cuddling at Indian Hills Country Club—at the age of 10, no less. (They dont make em like that anymore.) the message continued. 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.

"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—and his loss is a hole that will never be filled," the statement concluded. "Thank you for always being so gracious, In. Our hearts are with his lovely family. Rest in paradise, to a true family man and a gentle, sweet soul. May we honor your memory from this day forward."

The heartfelt message accompanied a slideshow of snapshots featuring the Murray brothers -- including the Ghostbusters star and his famous siblings Brian-Doyle Murray and Joel Murray -- during a family day of golf and fun.  

"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.

"the statement continued. "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."