Sad news today as The Chicago-Sun Times reported the death of Pulitzer Prize winning film-journalist and critic Roger Ebert. The Times released the news via its Twitter account, “It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert has passed away.” The news is at once sudden and yet also not unforeseen, as it comes only a day after Ebert announced a “leave of presence,” in which his writing would be significantly reduced to undergo radiation treatment after being diagnosed with recurrent cancer.
He’d been fighting the disease since 2002, which had taken his jaw and his ability to speak. However, he never lost his spirit, and his writing continued to be as prodigious as ever. Film criticism has lost a titan, and his absence in the landscape of cinema will never be filled.
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