Film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

Pulitzer Prize-winner had been suffering from cancer

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died aged 70, after an extended period battling with cancer.

Famed for his Pulitzer-winning writing for the Chicago Sun-Times and his appearances on Siskel & Ebert At The Movies, Ebert’s passing came the day after he penned a final piece entitled My Leave Of Presence, in which he touched upon his most recent health scare.

“Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times," he wrote. "The immediate reason for my 'leave of presence' is my health. The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer.”

The critic credited with coining the term “two thumbs up”, Ebert was never one to shy away from a confrontation, or to stand up for a film he believed in, as seen by his reaction to a critical question during a screening of The Library at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Ebert’s passing has drawn a host of tributes from the great and good, including a statement from the White House itself.

“Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert,” began the statement from President Obama. “For a generation of Americans — and especially Chicagoans — Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.”

“Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient — continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won't be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz [Ebert’s wife] and the rest of the Ebert family.”

One of the most prominent and well-respected critics of his or any other generation, Roger Ebert will be sadly missed.

What are your favourite Ebert memories? Share them with us, below.


    • davebe

      Apr 5th 2013, 9:30

      I liked Ebert. Not only was he thoughtful, articulate and intelligent but was also never particularly snobbish and could write positive, engaging reviews of big blockbusters as much as independent films.

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    • LSJShez

      Apr 5th 2013, 10:18

      Ebert was one of the things I envied the yanks for. Movies were his passion. No bias. We get Jonathon Ross and Claudia Winkleman, who couldn't put a decent review together between them.

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    • Jareth64

      Apr 5th 2013, 11:56

      He was always honest in his articulate writing, and he stood up for many films others didn't. He also came across as a great human being, as a humanist, and he'll be sadly missed.

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 5th 2013, 17:16

      Sad news indeed.

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