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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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22 Comments to “Chicago Sun-Times Film Critic Roger Ebert dies”

    Diane said:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Awe are prayers are with the family

      van said:
      April 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      rip in peace my friend rest in peace

    Rafael Alanis said:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    So very sad for all of us! I have always enjoyed your reviews and Insights…
    My thoughts and prayers to his family!

    cassiolalola said:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    :( Memory eternal Roger. You will be missed.

    DANIELLE said:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I GREW UP WATCHING ROGER AND EBERT SO I AM VERY SAD TO HEAR THIS AFTER HE WAS DOING SO WELL. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. REST IN PEACE. YOU"RE UP THERE WITH YOUR FRIEND STILL IN THE MOVIES.

    Terri said:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    He is in Heaven now with all the movie stars he loved.

    Jerry said:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Siskel and Ebert. Together again!

      AnMDBCartoon said:
      April 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Indeed, m8..

      A True Gentleman, Scholar, & Fellow Chicagoan of distinction.

      I had the pleasure of meeting the man in 2000 when he was in London for a film festival.

      And he & Chaz were the Cutest Couple.

      R.I.P. to a GREAT ONE….**TRULY!!** <:-(

    Seamus Ford said:
    April 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Such a loss. While the subject he wrote about may have been movies, the content was life.

    CLP said:
    April 4, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Another legend gone. Rest in Peace and prayers for your family! <3

    Joann Carter said:
    April 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Rest in peace, Siskel & Ebert together again. Movie Stars in heaven watch out, they are home.

      sharong4 said:
      April 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I agree Joann Carter. May Siskel and Ebert rest in peace. They are truly among all of the stars.

    kirby1414 said:
    April 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I am so sorry to hear this – Roger always semed to have an upbeat spirit -despite his health issues…And he loved his wife -so very much!

    Sympathies to all who loved him~

    Law n order said:
    April 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF ROGERS DEATH I GREW UP WATCHING HIM AND GENE SISKEL ON SNEAK PREVEIWS ROGER WAS A TRUE TREASURE TO OUR GREAT CITY HE WILL BE MISSED REST IN PEACE AND NOW YOU AND GENE ARE TOGEATHER AGAIN AT THE MOVIES

    318mopar said:
    April 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Thanks for the many great years, two thumbs up.

    spoolie said:
    April 5, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    And the balcony is closed………………….

    Alex said:
    April 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    A fan from Finland, be at peace.

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