Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years, died Thursday, a family friend told the Chicago Tribune.
For more than three decades, Ebert was the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskel’s death in 1999, with his Sun-Times collogue Richard Roeper).
He was 70 years old.
This week, Ebert said in a blog post that he's been diagnosed with cancer again and that he would scale back his prolific writing of movie reviews while undergoing radiation treatment.
"I am not going away," the ailing Pulitzer Prize winner wrote in a note posted late Tuesday. "My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers. ... 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."
The veteran critic battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat during previous surgery, which also left him with a facial disfigurement.
Ebert said the cancer recurrence was discovered after a "painful fracture" that made it difficult for him to walk. He hospitalized late last year with a hip fracture.
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