Roger Ebert, legendary film critic, dead at 70


Roger Ebert dies

Roger Ebert, the renowned film critic who at times reviewed more than 200 films a month, has died. The news has been confirmed by the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper in which his syndicated  movie review column ran.

Just Tuesday, Ebert penned a post for the Sun-Times titled “Leave of Presence” explaining his decision to reduce his workload in order to tend to his health.

“My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me,”  he wrote. “What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

Ebert lost his voice and most of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer. He was 70 years old.

–danielle canada

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