Roger Ebert, the world’s most famous film critic, has died.

Roger Ebert, a man who without doubt was the world’s most famous film critic, has died at age 70. He had been battling thyroid cancer since 2002,and as the cancer spread requiring surgeries that left him unable to speak.

Sick as he was he continued to fight on and continue to write reviews and be a force in the world of film. As the sickness progressed he was forced to issue the following statement.

Ebert wrote that he would be taking a “leave of presence,” as he underwent radiation treatment, but it appears the cancer was too far gone already.

“It means I am not going away,” Ebert explained. “My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. 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.”

Ebert worked as the film critic for the Sun-Times for 46 years and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. But he will be best remembered along side his co-host Gene Siskel as they gave “Thumbs up or thumbs-down” to the latest films on their very popular TV show.

As a person who loves film, and enjoys adding my voice to the list of people taking time to review them; I have always had great respect for Ebert’s writing. His reviews are insightful, entertaining and he has the rare ability to write in a way that is of value to a wide range of readers. He was a great talent and a powerful voice in the world of film.

Lane J. Lubell

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