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Roger Ebert

DEAD AT 70

4/4/2013 12:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0404_roger_ebert_getty_2Roger Ebert -- one of the most famous movie critics of all time -- died today after a battle with cancer.  He was 70 years old.

Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid and salivary cancer in 2002. Four years later, doctors removed part of his lower jaw, preventing him from speaking and eating.  However, Ebert continued to write movie reviews almost until the day he died. 

Ebert is a legend in Hollywood -- with a star on the Walk of Fame to prove it. Along with critic Gene Siskel, he famously popularized the use of  the "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down" ratings system. 



Aside from writing movie critiques for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, he also hosted "At The Movies" from the early 80s until 2006.

In 1986, he was joined on the show by fellow critic Gene Siskel, who passed away in 1999.  After Siskel's death, his chair was filled by Richard Roeper -- and he and Ebert continued on with the show until 2006.

According to the Sun-Times, Ebert was an early investor in Google -- and more than likely made a fortune because of it.

Ebert is survived by his wife, step-daughter and two step-grandchildren.

In his final blog entry penned earlier this week, Ebert addressed his illness and essentially said goodbye ... writing:

"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."

"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."

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Mitz    

Rest in Peace Mr Ebert.

510 days ago
17.

seamus     

RIP the first post said it the best-it is the end of an era. Prayers to his wife, family and friends.

510 days ago
18.

Jericho Morton    

And do you think that unto such as you;
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew:
God gave the secret, and denied it me?--
Well, well, what matters it! Believe that, too.

510 days ago
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e391615r    

REST IN PEACE MR. EBERT. You will be missed. Thumbs up to you!

510 days ago
20.

lanie    

Very sad.. He had a tough road the past 10 years or so.. He was definitely a fighter.. RIP~

PS~ He's the one who helped make Oprah a billionaire.. He encouraged her into going into syndication...

510 days ago
21.

IwuvTMZ    

RIP

510 days ago
22.

kade    

This is so sad. Thyroid cancer is actually very treatable if found early. Hopefully Mr Ebert's death will raise awareness of thyroid cancer.

510 days ago
23.

Kemosabe    

This guy is a legend. Sparked my love of movies...RIP Roger

510 days ago
24.

DownSouth    

Per Mr. Ebert's request, he will be buried with two thumbs up his ass.

510 days ago
25.

Gretchen    

RIP my friend!

510 days ago
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Melissa B    

Wow. This is shocking seeing as I just read something about him taking some time off but didn't think it was this serious. This is horrible. Just so sad. Condolence to his wife and children and rest of his family and friends. :( So much history. He won't be here to review all of the movies anymore. I hope he is at peace.

510 days ago
27.

DaNi    

This is so sad...RIP

510 days ago
28.

MrR    

I had a little battle with the "Big C" i won for now .RIP You fought the good fight.

510 days ago
29.

MrR    

I had a little with the " Big C "

510 days ago
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Michelle2012    

I just saw an interview yesterday saying that he was now quitting his job after 40+ years. I think he really liked what he did. He will be sorely missed. You can RIP now Mr. Ebert.

510 days ago
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