Thursday, April 4, 2013

Renowned Film Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70

by Leroy Douressaux

A crappy day for me just got even crappier. Roger Ebert, one of the few film critics known to the general public, died today, Thursday, April 04, 2013, at the age of 70.

Ebert was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, winning the “Pulitzer Prize for Criticism” in 1975. Ebert began writing a film review column for the Chicago Sun-Times beginning in 1967. Later, he also began posting his reviews online.

Ebert is likely best known for his association with fellow film critic, the late Gene Siskel. For 23 years, Ebert and Siskel hosted three television series in which they reviewed and discussed films. Sneak Previews began in 1975. The two launched the syndicated series, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, in 1982. In 1982, the duo created Siskel & Ebert & The Movies, which was syndicated by a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The two men were known for their “thumbs up/thumbs down” review summaries. Siskel died in 1999.

Ebert had been battling thyroid cancer since 2002. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert died of complications from cancer.

Negromancer sends its condolences to Roger Ebert’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert.

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