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.

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