Roger Ebert: 1942 – 2013

Long time and respected Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70. He’s spent more than 45 years reviewing film and three decades co-hostingĀ Siskel and Ebert until Gene Siskel died in 1999. Afterward, he co-hosted with Richard Roeper. Since 2002, Ebert dealt with cancer which resulted in an invasive surgery. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment took his jaw and he could no longer talk, eat and drink.

On April 3, yesterday, Ebert announced he was taking a leave of absence after a “painful fracture” lead to the discovery of new cancer. His last entry on his blog read,

“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.”

“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.”

Death, you get two thumbs down.

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