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Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert

Following complications with cancer, the acclaimed and legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away yesterday at the age of 70.

Ebert took to his personal blog Tuesday night, announcing that his cancer had returned, and that he was forced to take a "a leave of presence." "I am not going away," he told readers. "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."

He concluded his final blog post with: "So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."

Ebert had suffered a hip fracture in December which ultimately led to the new diagnosis of cancer. He was to begin radiation immediately. The Pulitzer Prize winner had endured a battle with cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands which caused facial disfigurement and the inability to speak.

Ebert is known for his film review column (appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and later online) and for the television programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies, all of which he co-hosted for a combined 23 years with Gene Siskel.

After Siskel's death in 1999, Ebert teamed with Richard Roeper for the television series Ebert & Roeper & the Movies, which began airing in 2000.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert Attending the N.A.T.P.E. TV Convention in New Orleans January 1990

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert Attending the N.A.T.P.E. TV Convention in New Orleans January 1990

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert Attending the N.A.T.P.E. TV Convention in New Orleans January 1990

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel dinning at the Brown Derby Restaurant, Walt Disney World, Florida in 1990

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert Attending the N.A.T.P.E. TV Convention in Las Vegas January 1995

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert attending the Cocktail Reception at the Royal Ontario Museum for the "Precious" Red Carpet Premiere Screening at the 2009 tiff. Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Movie Critic Roger Ebert and wife Chaz Hammelsmith attending the Cocktail Reception at the Royal Ontario Museum for the "Precious" Red Carpet Premiere Screening at the 2009 tiff. Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert Attending the N.A.T.P.E. TV Convention in Las Vegas January 1995

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert Attending the N.A.T.P.E. TV Convention in New Orleans January 1990

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Ebert



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