Film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic whose gladiatorial "thumbs up, thumbs down" assessments turned film reviewing into a television sport and whose passion for independent film helped introduce a new generation of filmmakers to moviegoers, died at 70. Ebert, who had battled cancer in recent years, died Thursday in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He had undergone several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from his thyroid and salivary glands, ultimately losing his jaw to the disease, and was hospitalized in December for a broken leg. While his cancer diagnosis and the resulting treatments forced him to pull back from criticism in 2006, he remained active as a writer and maintained a powerful presence on social media sites that included his award-winning blog, Roger Ebert's Journal. Full story: Film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70 | Remembrance: Roger Ebert, film's hero to the end | PHOTOS: Roger Ebert - Career in Pictures
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