Roger Ebert has had a hard time in recent years. The renowned film critic has struggled with his health, and even after losing his jaw and voice to cancer, his written output only increased. Indeed, post-cancer Ebert was incredibly prolific with his writing, pumping out an autobiography, conducting a heart-wrenching profile for Esquire, and even making a return to television in prerecorded segments on a new version of his famous At The Movies. It lacked the rapport Ebert had with longtime partner Gene Siskel and struggled to find much of an audience in this day of instantly-available online film criticism and video movie reviews. Still, it felt like something special to have Roger Ebert on TV again. Unfortunately, Ebert’s time on earth is done. Roger Ebert has died at age 70 due to cancer.
Roger Ebert has beaten cancer multiple times, but unfortunately for him and his loved ones, it always came back. When a hip fracture was determined to be caused by cancer, Ebert entered treatments for what would be the last time. Two days ago, he announced a “leave of presence” from his film duties, stepping back to review only what he wanted to review while announcing a revamp of his blog and a launch of a new Ebert Digital web venture. Sadly, this will not be the case.
Rest in peace, Roger. For anyone who likes film, you were an inspiration and you changed the way a generation watched films. In your honor, the balcony should remain closed.
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