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Roger Ebert Offers Apology for Tweet

Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 05:18 PM

Roger Ebert has offered a mea culpa saying he “was probably too quick to tweet” about the death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn yesterday, reports TMZ.

Ebert says his tweet was “not intended as cruel . . . It was intended as true.”

“To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn’s family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one,” Ebert blogged on his website.

Ebert later admits that he was responding to preliminary reports without knowing whether Ryan Dunn was intoxicated at the time of the crash, although he defends the overall message of the tweet; don’t drink and drive.

“I do know that nobody has any business driving on a public highway at 110 mph, as some estimated — or fast enough, anyway, to leave a highway and fly through 40 yards of trees before crashing,” Ebert blogged.

“That is especially true if the driver has had three shots and three beers. Two people were killed. What if the car had crashed into another car?”

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