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Roger Ebert dies at age 70

Film critic Roger Ebert has died, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which syndicated his column.

Ebert recently announced he suffered a recurrence of cancer. He was 70 years old.

A funeral was held for him at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

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Ebert’s widow, Chaz, hosted the event along with her children and grandchildren.

Guests included John and Joan Cusack, Christie Hefner and Marlene Siskel, the wife of Ebert’s late television partner, Gene.

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Memorial tribute for Ebert tonight at Chicago Theatre

More details have emerged about the memorial tribute for Roger Ebert that will be held Thursday night at the Chicago Theater.

Just added to the lineup is actor John Cusack, along with film directors, comedian Dick Gregory, former playboy CEO Christie Hefner and Bill Kurtis among other.

The memorial will also include music from gospel choirs, footage from the old “Siskel and Ebert” television shows and tributes from his widow Chaz.

If you’d like to reserve a seat, call 773-582-7700 or email rsvp@ebertpresents.com.

Friends, colleagues and leaders gathered at Holy Name Cathedral today for the funeral of film critic Roger Ebert.

Ebert passed away last Thursday at the age of 70, after a long battle with cancer.

A film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for 45 years, Ebert was the first to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism.  His television show with the late Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel made him a household name.

His wife, Chaz Ebert, shared with mourners what she loved most about her husband.

“He really was a soldier for social justice,” she said.  “And it didn’t matter to him your race, creed, color, level of ability, sexual orientation — he had a heart big enough to accept and love all.”

The service was open to the public.

A memorial tribute to Roger Ebert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Theatre.  It is also open to the public.

Friends, loved ones, celebrities and members of the public filled Holy Name Cathedral today for the funeral of film critic Roger Ebert.

Ebert the movie critic became as rich and famous as the movie stars, but he remained an everyday man.  His wife, Chaz Ebert, shared with mourners what she loved most about her husband.

“He really was a soldier for social justice,” she said.  “And it didn’t matter to him your race, creed, color, level of ability, sexual orientation — he had a heart big enough to accept and love all.”

The service was open to the public.  Many family friends and colleagues were in attendance, and fans who never met Ebert lined up outside the cathedral hours before the service started.

Ebert passed away last Thursday at the age of 70, after a long battle with cancer.  Days earlier he announced that his cancer had returned.

A film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for 45 years, Ebert was the first to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism.  His television show with the late Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel made him a household name.

In 2002 Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, then cancer in the salivary glands the following year.  In 2006 doctors removed his jaw, leaving him unable to speak or eat.

Mourners remember Ebert as a critic, a mentor, and a courageous cancer fighter.

A memorial tribute to Roger Ebert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Theatre.  It is open to the public.

Illinois Govenor Quinn eulogizes Roger Ebert. A funeral was held for the celebrated film critic in Chicago on Monday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel eulogizes film critic Roger Ebert.

Chaz Ebert spoke at her husband Roger’s funeral Monday, saying she felt like her husband was there. She said he would have loved it.

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