Remembering Roger Ebert

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Photo, Frederick M. Brown

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Iconic and most famous film critic Roger Ebert died at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Thursday at the age of 70. He suffered from a long battle with cancer.

The Chicago Sun-Times announced the death of Ebert, where he worked as a film critic for MORE THAN 40 years.

He was also best known for being A PART of the famous film critic team along with co-host, Gene Siskel for the review show “Siskel and Ebert At The Movies.”

In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for his criticism.

“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” said Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, in a CNN.com article. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”

Ebert struggled with cancer and refused to surrender to it. He had several operations on his salivary glands, his thyroid and chin in 2006. He had lost the ability to speak and eat or drink.

After the surgeries, he eventually returned to television and picked up where he left off with his writing.

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“The long relationship between Roger and his Sun-Times family speaks volumes about Roger’s commitment to his craft,” Sun-Times Media Editor in Chief Jim Kirk said in a CNN.com article. “Roger will be missed not only by the Sun-Times family, but by the journalism and film communities. Our thoughts are with Roger’s wife, Chaz, and their family during this time.”

Before his death, he became a known presence on Facebook and Twitter, having hundreds of thousands of followers, and by being a blogger as well.

His last words were said to have been, “I’ll see you at the movies.” These words were published on his blog to his readers in an essay titled “Leave of Presence.” In the blog post, it explained how he planned to minimize the amount of movie reviews he wrote.

By Brandon Brown

With contributions by The New York Times, CNN.com

Photo, Frederick M. Brown

Video, AbsolutelyDefinite

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