Roger Ebert, Dead at 70

In MemoriumRoger Ebert was 70. He was the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history.

I was always a very big fan. Here's something I wrote about the man when he recorded his final episode of "Ebert and Roeper".

Locals will remember when he was attacked at Slumdog Millionaire during the TIFF in 2008. It didn't stop him from finishing the movie, however, and he'd accurately predict it would win the Oscar on his way out.

I tweeted this, just yesterday:

I didn't always agree with Roger Ebert, but I loved hearing and reading his honest and insightful reviews for as long as I can remember. I'm going to miss him.


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Victoria

His last written words were: "I'll see you at the movies."

April 4, 2013 @ 4:28 PM

Ivan

"I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris."

- Roger Ebert

April 4, 2013 @ 4:31 PM

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@Ivan

That's a fantastic quote that perfectly summarizes how I feel.

Ebert had a great way with words. I wish I could write like that.

April 4, 2013 @ 4:43 PM

Franco

So sad, I will really miss his reviews.

April 4, 2013 @ 4:44 PM

Corey

This is one of your "death notice" posts that I actually care about. When Ebert was in relatively good health and writing reviews, the first site I'd hit every Thursday morning to read his latest. The films being reviewed were less important to me than the review itself.
His latest set back forced him to really scale back, but I'd still go to his site every Thursday, usually disappointed to find no new Ebert-written reviews. For some reason I was convinced he'd be back to his regular output, and couldn't wait for the day I'd go to rogerebert.com and find 4 or 5 new pieces to read. Knowing now that's not happening is incredibly sad.

April 4, 2013 @ 5:27 PM

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I always loved it when he and Gene Siskel appeared on Howard Stern.

April 4, 2013 @ 7:37 PM

Tim

The balcony is open in heaven. Gene and Roger together again!!!

RIP Roger Ebert

April 4, 2013 @ 7:40 PM

elvis

For those in society who believe thyroid cancer is the "good cancer," Mr. Ebert will be our reminder it can be as deadly as the others.

I felt a bond with Roger that went well beyond my appreciation of his written word and this news really saddens me.

Roger - thanks for your display of courage and bravery - I wish I could deal with my disease as eloquently as you did.

April 4, 2013 @ 7:56 PM

McNulty

Of all the celebrity deaths in the last few years this one hits me the most.

I've watched and read him since I was a kid. He was a constant on my life and someone I had always wanted to meet. His writing was so far beyond movies. I'll miss his blog and his reviews.

Even if he did like Cop and a Half.

April 4, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

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