Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at age 70, after an extended period battling with cancer. The At the Movies critic was first diagnosed with Jaw Cancer in 2002 and underwent a series of operations. He lost his voice and part of his jaw after a surgery in 2006.
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.
In a statement on Thursday…shortly after news broke of his death…Roger’s wife of 20 years, Chaz Ebert said:
“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”
Ebert’s passing has drawn a host of tributes from the great and good, including a statement from the White House itself. President Obama in a statement said:
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Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. 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.
Roger Ebert was one of the most prominent and well-respected critics of his or any other generation. He will be sadly missed.
May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his dear wife Chaz.
Click on the video boxes to watch memorable moments of Ebert and view photos of his battle with jaw cancer.
Roger and his wife, Chaz Ebert