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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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04/04/13

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.

The Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert has died after a battle with cancer.  He was 70 years old.

This is a look back at just some of the many memorable moments of his life and career.

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Dean’s List
04/04/13

2010 profile piece of Roger Ebert

In 2010, WGN Dean Richards’s talked to Roger Ebert about his life, reviewing movies and speaking with a computer program.

Roger Ebert died Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70 years old.

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Roger Ebert in 1982 (Tribune Archive Photo)

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who this week said he was facing a recurrence of cancer, has died at 70, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which syndicated his column.

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.

Here are some photos from his life, courtesy of WGN-TV and Chicago Tribune photographers, as well as The Museum of Broadcast Communications.

siskel-ebertMovie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are in full force in these bloopers from their former show, “Siskel & Ebert.”

Roger Ebert’s cancer has returned, so he is taking a break from some of his duties.

Ebert has complained of a painful fracture that has made it difficult for him to walk.

Because of it, he can no longer attend all the movie screenings he used to.

Ebert says the fracture was recently diagnosed as a recurrence of cancer, and it is being treated with radiation.

Film critic Roger Ebert dies at age 70Roger Ebert is back in the hospital. The film critic fractured his hip, but he was able to tweet the news that he doesn’t need surgery.

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