Friday, April 05, 2013

U.S. Film Critic With Global Following Dies

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert died Thursday at age 70 from his battle with cancer.

Ebert, born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades was the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history.

Ebert knew the balcony of life was soon closing for him.  He wrote a final blog post, 'Leave of Presence' just 24-hours before he died.

United States President Barack Obama issued the following statement:
"Movies won't be the same without Roger.  Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient -- continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world."
Ebert was brilliant. He will be missed by many. May he RIP. Our condolences to his family during this very sad time.

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