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Iconic Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70

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Roger Ebert, long-time movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and former host of ‘At The Movies,’ died today, April 4, at the age of 70.

Starting in 1975, Ebert graced the small screen, co-hosting a film criticism program with Gene Siskel, where his catchphrase “two thumbs up” entered the pop culture lexicon.

Since being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, Ebert fought the disease, eventually losing his lower jaw in 2006 and subsequently his ability to speak. But he never stopped his work, and his literary voice proved just as powerful as his speaking one. He also maintained a very popular Twitter account.

Yesterday, April 3, Ebert released a statement saying he would be slowing down on work as he underwent another series of treatment for the recurring disease.

Author of over 15 books spanning a near 50-year career, Ebert was the first film critic to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He is survived by his wife, Chaz Ebert.

RIP, sir. You will be sorely missed.

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