R.I.P. Roger Ebert: Sun-Times: Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

By Karen A. Brown
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Updated 4:20pm April 4th.
Roger Ebert has died from cancer. When I saw that Roger Ebert had died on my twitter feed, I had just blogged about him stepping away for a bit to tend to his health. I’m heartbroken. He was truly a generous man with a kind heart. Condolences to his family and to us all.  A legend of the film industry has left us. 
Roger Ebert had blogged his cancer had returned and he’d be stepping back from film reviews to tend to his health. Ebert wrote more than 300 movie reviews last year. That comes out to about 27,000 hours of film viewing and then however many hours it would take for him to write the review. He had an impressive career with a deep love of film and people.

According to ROGER EBERT’S JOURNAL in The Chicago Sun-Times, Ebertfest, annual film festival is in it’s 15th year and will continue. Mr. Ebert was planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign in the next couple of weeks for his TV show “At the Movies,” And said that gamers should beware, “I am even thinking about a movie version of a video game or mobile app.”

Take good care sir. I know we are all giving you two thumbs up for an extraordinary career and the gift you’ve brought to the film industry. Mr. Ebert wrote,” 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.”

He ends with, what turned out to be Roger Ebert’s final written words…. “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's final tweet and his background photo showing a man taking a walk with his small suitcase.
Roger Ebert’s final tweet and his background photo showing a man taking a walk with his small suitcase.

In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story. Film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice.

Siskel & Ebert At the Movies 1985 – The Best of 1985

Mr. Ebert we wish you all the best and much gratitude for gifting the film industry and the public with your service for all these years.

Siskel and Ebert

In this undated photo released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel are shown.

Starting Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, a new web site touted as the largest collection of video-based movie reviews online will begin. The site will feature clips from the show that made the thumb famous and include 5,000 movie reviews, spanning more than 20 years of the show hosted by newspaper film critics Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel and columnist Richard Roeper. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC Domestic Television)

A Beautiful Tribute from Huffington Post

Huffington Post Front Page Screenshot April 4th, 2013
Huffington Post Front Page Screenshot April 4th, 2013

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