On Thursday, Roger Ebert passed away at the age of 70 in Chicago. The day before that, he posted an update about his health. The Chicago Sun-Times put together a detailed obituary about Mr. Ebert. Ebert wrote movie reviews for the Sun-Times. Ebert had been battling with thyroid and salivary gland cancers, which ended up taking part of his jaw in 2006. It also took away his speaking abilities.
On April 3rd, Ebert wrote a final article titled “My Leave of Presence.” Below is an excerpt from the article:
The immediate reason for my “leave of presence” is my health. The “painful fracture” that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to. I have been watching more of them on screener copies that the studios have been kind enough to send to me. My friend and colleague Richard Roeper and other critics have stepped up and kept the newspaper and website current with reviews of all the major releases. So we have and will continue to go on.
The last words from the article is: ?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 is known for the phrase “two thumbs up” or “two thumbs down” with his colleague and co-star Gene Siskel. Siskel passed away in 1999 and they worked on the show At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert in the 1980s.
Ebert was very active in social media and with Internet companies. Ebert was one of Google’s early investors and won the “Person of the Year” award for the 2010 Webby Awards. Ebert spent a lot of time using Twitter spreading his reviews.
Ebert is survived by his wife Chaz.
Below is a very inspirational TEDTalk featuring Roger Ebert: