Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70 of complications from cancer.

The Pultizer Prize winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times had recently posted on his journal that he was taking a leave of absence due to treatment from a hip fracture. Subsequent evaluations revealed that the pain was a result from a return of cancer.

Ebert's battle with thyroid cancer began in 2002. In 2006, he lost part of his lower jaw and ability to verbally speak.

A true fan of movies, Ebert became the Sun-Times' film critic in 1967 and later launched a popular TV show with Gene Siskel called Sneak Previews at Chicago's public broadcasting station WTTW. The pair moved on to a syndicated show called At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert in 1982 and then created Siskel & Ebert & the Movies in 1986.

In 1975 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, the first such prize to be awarded for film criticism by the Pulitzers.

Despite his on-going battle with cancer, he remained active and kept writing. Ebert was planning on hosting the 15th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival later this month in his hometown of Champaign-Urbana.

In his most recent blog post, Ebert wrote, "It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness."

Fittingly, his final words to us are, "So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."
 
Whether you agreed with his opinions on movies or not, we offer our sincere condolences to Ebert's family and friends.

 

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