Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert, who wielded a powerful voice, an influential thumb and the attention of anyone who ever tried to slip a movie into theatres, has passed away after an extended battle with cancer.
“There is a hole that can't be filled. One of the greats has left us,” the Chicago Sun-Times wrote in confirming the news on Thursday.
Over his nearly five-decade-long career as a film critic, Ebert appeared in a nationally syndicated newspaper column and as the host of his own television program, published nearly 20 books and wrote one feature film, the cult classic “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”
And Ebert, 70, had more plans ahead, despite announcing just days ago that a battle with cancer was forcing him to step back from his position at the Sun-Times, the newspaper he began writing for in 1967.
His loss will be felt in Hollywood, in living rooms across North America and online, where the sharp-witted writer found a voice when his was taken by cancer.
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