The Chicago Sun-Times announced via its official Twitter account this afternoon that legendary film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70.
Around 2:30 p.m. CT, the paper tweeted: “It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away.” He had succumbed to a long battle with cancer.
Ebert had previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands, losing the ability to speak and eat on his own. One surgery left him with a permanent facial disfigurement. But the critic kept on writing despite the health setbacks.
One day ago, Ebert announced that he was taking a “leave of presence” from film criticism, seeing as his radiation treatments prevented him from attending so many screenings. Instead, he said, he would write more about his own health.
Ebert is survived by his wife Charlie “Chaz” Ebert, a step-daughter, and two step-grandchildren.
The Sun-Times‘ official announcement of Ebert’s passing found here.
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