Rogert Ebert Dies

April 5, 2013 by  

Rogert Ebert Dies, Actors, directors, fellow critics and the US president have paid tribute to the eminent American film reviewer Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70.

Ebert, who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 and became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize eight years later, died early on Thursday afternoon at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago after revealing a day earlier that he was undergoing radiation treatment for a recurrence of cancer. Many tributes mentioned the critic’s famous “thumbs up, thumbs down” verdicts or the familiar “the balcony is closed” sign-off from the long-running US television film review show At the Movies, which Ebert presented for many years.

US president Barack Obama said in a statement: “Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amid his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz [Ebert’s wife] and the rest of the Ebert family.”

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