Roger Ebert Dies of Cancer at 70

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Roger Ebert, one of the most beloved and best known film critics in Hollywood history, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

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The Chicago native co-hosted At the Movies for over a quarter century and wrote an online column Tuesday saying he was taking a "leave of presence" from penning hundreds of reviews each year because he learned his cancer had returned.

Ebert lost part of his jaw in 2006 to thyroid and salivary gland cancer, leaving in unable to eat or speak well.

But he refused to hide, contenting to make public appearances, Tweeting and writing books. Over his amazing career, Ebert earned a Pulitzer Prize and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

We give the man two thumbs way up and send our condolences to his family.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Neejan

Mister Ebert, we will see you at the movies. Rest in peace.

Sue-ann

I did not need to hear him to regard his words with due reverence. His web site was always worth the time it took to read it, and there are few of those these days. Back in the day, when he and Siskel were in their heydey, I always enjoyed the brisk disagreements, with the intelligent arguments. I don't watch movie reviewers any more, if there are any, and I don't watch movies any more, either. Rest in peace.

Wolfshades

I think it was a day or two ago when he wrote that he was going to slow down on his movie reviews and farm some of them out so that he could concentrate on just reviewing the movies he truly enjoyed. The man had plans, even with the news of his cancer coming back. So this was relatively sudden. His was a bright light - as so many of his blogs attest. When he wasn't talking about movies he was talking about almost everything else, with wisdom and curiosity. He'll be missed.