Apr 04, 2013 03:58 PM EST

Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70
Roger Ebert, famous film critic, has passed away at the age of 70.  He had been a film critic for over 46 years for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper and for over 31 years on TV.  

Ebert had been battling cancer for years, even losing his lower jaw as a result. The loss resulted in his inability to speak or eat, but that didn't stop him from maintaining his role in the public eye.  

Ebert took to the web just two days ago to announce that his cancer had been back, saying that he was taking a "leave of presence". He went on to say, "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," he wrote. "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 leaves behind a wife, Chaz Ebert.
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