TV & FILM
bill-swift - April 5, 2013
As reported by TMZ, it's very sad to hear that film critic Roger Ebert has died today after an 11-year-battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Ebert was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and after a series of treatments eventually had to have his lower jaw removed, permanently taking away his ability to eat or speak.
This handicap inspired Ebert to throw himself into his work, becoming a major social media presence online through his movie reviews, website and Twitter account. His film reviews are some of the most trust-worthy in the business and aside from Pauline Kael, he was arguably the most influential film critic of modern time.
Ebert joins his At the Movies partner Gene Siskel, who also succumbed to cancer in 1999.
I will definitely miss his writing, his wit and his unflinching ability to call a spade a spade and very point blankly tell someone, 'Your movie sucks!'