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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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Celeb Gossip Addict    

R.I.P. my friend. You made your mark.

377 days ago
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LJB    

Having had thyroid cancer it is with sadness that Mr. Ebert was not able to beat it. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.

377 days ago
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Escraggledaggle    

Rest in Peace Rogert Ebert

377 days ago
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Cricket    

Sad news. R.I.P.

377 days ago
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BellaJ    

Aww his final post touched me. I didn't always agree with his movie reviews but I enjoyed him. May he RIP

377 days ago
81.

DetroitRocks    

Too much damn cancer in this world and it seems to only be getting worse

377 days ago
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cnj5599    

Siskel and Ebert are at the movies once again reviewing EVERY movie ever made and will be made for all of eternity

377 days ago
83.

Truth    

ONE OF THE VERY, VERY FEW NON-ASSH*LES IN HOLLYWOOD. #RIP #TRUTH!!

377 days ago
84.

Stubaby    

How sad, he was a wonderful man.

377 days ago
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Windycity    

He was also the man behing Oprah. He told her during dinner to syndicate her show, which what made her so successful We are all crying here in Chicago. What a great man. He will be truly missed.

377 days ago
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IceGypsy    

He put up an amazing fight. RIP

377 days ago
87.

Lynn317    

RIP Mr Ebert ... and thank you for guiding us to better movies over all these years.
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2 thumbs up for all you have done.

377 days ago
88.

Phil Osopher    

Roger,
"See You At The Movies" upstairs in the very upper balcony.

377 days ago
89.

Parker    

Reat In Peace Roger.........Younare no longer in pain...God Bless his Family

377 days ago
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mr.howell     

Sad news,I always liked his show with Gene Siskel,70 isn't that old either..RIP.

377 days ago
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