Roger Ebert has died. The famous film critic passed away this morning at the age of 70.
The news was first reported by Ebert’s long-time employer TheChicago Sun Times.
The news comes just one day after Ebert announced that he was taking a break from reviewing movies.
Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002. The disease took his voice and his jaw, but he was eventually able to return to work. Sadly, Ebert had to announce yesterday that his cancer had returned and that he would be taking a leave of absence.
The famous critic passed away this morning.
“At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. 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.”
The Sun Times, in a very short obituary, wrote: “Roger Ebert loved movies. Except for those he hated.”
Ebert started working for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. The AP notes that he was the first movie reviewer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.