Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies

CREATED Apr 4, 2013

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Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died Thursday in Chicago after battling cancer.  He was 70 years old. 

Chicago's Sun-Times announced the news Thursday afternoon, tweeting: "It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away."

An opinionated writer, but also a movie fan, Ebert reviewed films for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years. He is perhaps best known, however, for his 31 years reviewing films on television.

He had previously battled cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.  He announced on his website Wednesday that he was "taking a leave of absence."

In an obituary for Mr. Ebert, the Sun-Times wrote:

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

Read the Sun-Times' obituary for Ebert here.