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Movie critic Roger Ebert dies, aged 70

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Movie critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70.

Chicago Sun-Times - the publication with which he worked for 46 years - announced his passing today (April 4).

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago

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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert



Ebert, one of America's most prominent film critics and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, died in Chicago after suffering from cancer of both the thyroid and salivary gland.

Chaz Ebert, who was married to Roger for 20 years, said in a statement: "We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.

"I am devastated by the loss of my love, Roger - my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner of over 20 years. He fought a courageous fight. I've lost the love of my life, and the world has lost a visionary and a creative and generous spirit who touched so many people all over the world.

"We had a lovely, lovely life together, more beautiful and epic than a movie. It had its highs and the lows, but was always experienced with good humour, grace and a deep abiding love for each other."

Roger and Chaz Ebert accept the 'ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award' at ShoWest 2009

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Roger and Chaz Ebert at ShoWest 2009



Yesterday, Ebert was reported as saying that he would be taking a "leave of presence" to battle cancer again, after a hip fracture he recently suffered was diagnosed as the disease.

Writing on his blog, Ebert said: "What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away.

"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.

"What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasised about doing - reviewing only the movies I want to review."

Roger Ebert at the 2002 West Independent Spirit awards

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Roger Ebert pictured in 2002



Speaking about his diagnosis, Ebert added: "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."

Watch Roger Ebert review The Shawshank Redemption below:

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