Chicago Sun-Times Film Critic Roger Ebert dies

The Chicago Sun-Times confirms that film critic Roger Ebert has died.

He was 70 years old.

Ebert won the Pulitzer Prize and was the film criti for the Sun-Times for more than 45 years.  For more than three decades he was the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskel’s death in 1999, with his Sun-Times collogue Richard Roeper).

Just this week, Ebert suffered a occurrence of cancer.

In an essay on his blog Tuesday, Ebert explained he was planning to slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote. Ebert had already lost his voice and much of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer.

“My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me,” Ebert wrote. “What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

Ebert suffered a hip fracture in December, and it recently led to the revelations about cancer, he said. The critic was receiving radiation treatment.

His wife, Chaz Ebert issued the following statement, saying in part,

“I am devastated by the loss of my love, Roger — my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner of over 20 years. He fought a courageous fight. I’ve lost the love of my life and the world has lost a visionary and a creative and generous spirit who touched so many people all over the world. We had a lovely, lovely life together, more beautiful and epic than a movie.

We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.

“We are touched by all the kindness and the outpouring of love we’ve received. And I want to echo what Roger said in his last blog, thank you for going on this journey with us.”

The Chicago Tribune and CNN contributed to this report.

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