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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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WiddoMouse    

Mr. Ebert you will be missed. I loved At The Movies. My condolences to your family.

533 days ago
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Star Whacker    

Two big "thumbs up" to a great man!!! Thanks for everything!

533 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

I once went with my "possee" to Jaws 3-D and right in the middle of that film, we all stripped down naked, covered ourselves in buttered popcorn and "mooned" the audience during the dramatic parts. I think we really enhanced the experience for everyone there. Michael Caine played a fisherman in this one I think. RIP.

533 days ago
109.

Joe t. Pico    

Cant wait for the headline " Harvey Levin-Kardashian" dead at ???, lol

533 days ago
110.

Jennyfrenzy     

RIP

533 days ago
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zombie    

He will be miseed. Loved Siskel and Ebert. Now they can watch movies together on the big screen in the sky.

533 days ago
112.

Annie    

Rest in Peace.He fought with grace and courage.I will remember him with much admiration.

533 days ago
113.

billybob    

great guy.

533 days ago
114.

Ronald RayGun    

I couldn't always agree with some of his reviews, but Ebert was a real trailblazer in the field and an institution.

He will be sorely missed.
R.I.P. 2013

533 days ago
115.

KnuckleDragger    

"Every man dies. Not every man really lives." -Braveheart

533 days ago
116.

elm    

Any comment from Ryan Dunn? I hear he's preparing a prank at St peter's pearly gate.

533 days ago
117.

Card    

I am going to hell for this one but.....

Keep your Chin up Roger...LOL

533 days ago
118.

b    

Did he end his life? It's so coincidental that he died immediately after the announcement of the return of his cancer.

533 days ago
119.

myopinion    

rip Roger!

533 days ago
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J4X    

2 thumbs down! RIP

533 days ago
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