Roger Ebert Has Died At the Age of 70 After Battle With Cancer

Roger Ebert Has Died At the Age of 70 After Battle With Cancer

One day after announcing his plans to take a "leave of presence" from reviewing films due to the recurrence of his cancer, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Roger Ebert has passed away. 

Ebert was undoubtedly the nation's most influential film critic, and was awarded with a Pulitzer in 1975 for his work - the first film critic to ever win the award. Yesterday marked his 46th anniversary writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times.

He was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in early 2002, and underwent surgery in 2006 to remove cancerous tissue from the lower part of his jaw. More recently, he suffered a painful hip fracture that was found to actually be a recurrence of his cancer.

Ebert was 70.

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[via Chicago Sun-Times]

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