Famed movie critic Roger Ebert has died of cancer. He was 70.
He died Thursday after a long battle with thyroid and salivary cancer, which made doctors to remove part of his lower jaw, preventing him from speaking and eating. Just two days ago, he announced on his blog that the cancer has returned:
‘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.’
Roger Ebert is the first movie critic to be awarded a Putilizer Prize, as well as the first critic to receive a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. He authored many books on movies and hosted the show At The Movies for decades with the late Gene Siskel, who died in 1999. He also wrote movie critiques for Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years.
He is survived by his wife, a step-daughter and two step-grandchildren.