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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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Roman Moroni    

Sad - once again end of an era ...

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Jericho Morton    

Another amazing 'cancer survivor'.

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fuzzy    

only yesterday they were reporting that he found out he had a return of his cancer.

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Kaila    

TMZ please don't add "as TMZ first reported" to all subsequent updates about his death.. I read about this five minutes ago from Richelle Carey on Facebook! RIP Roger!

465 days ago
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iimE    

Two thumbs down. RIP

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K.G.    

So sad. R.I.P. Mr. Ebert!

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Machelle    

Truly, truly sad. I was a fan. As a new screenwriter, I always wondered what it would be like to have a script critiqued by him.

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Sassyone    

Just watched him on TED talks, and was so moved by his story of recovering from his cancer treatment, which left him unable to speak. He was a remarkable man, and I wil miss him.

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jg2302    

Siskel and Ebert will reign again....this time from heaven. RIP Roger.

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Kelly    

Bye, Roger. Thanks for everything.

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jaygirl    

He was such a fighter. Rest now, Roger Ebert! And bless you, Chaz, for your loving care and support!

465 days ago
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Your mom    

Bummer, I really liked Roger Ebert - one of the good guys! RIP and my condolences to his wife.

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Fred Farkel    

At nearly 60 years old myself... it makes you wonder why you worked so hard.

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RealAsTheyCome!    

Who cares who reported it first!? If you dont like this site, get the fu€k on!!!

465 days ago
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JD    

RIP Roger

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