Roger Ebert Has Passed Away
One of the most beloved and influential film critics of all-time, Roger Ebert, has unfortunately passed away.
There was a time when Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were the film critics – the Chicago-based film experts were well-known across the world, and their opinions were among the most trusted in the industry.
Then suddenly, Siskel passed away in 1999. Over fourteen years have come and gone since then, and now his beloved colleague has passed on as well.
Yes, the legendary and highly influential film critic Roger Ebert has left this earth, and in my opinion this is a dark day for the film industry since we have lost one of history’s brightest film scholars. He had been fighting thyroid cancer for many years, even to the point of him losing his voice that had been so integral to his job.
However, that never stopped him. Ebert continued to see new films and critique them as diligently as he had before, but in recent months his declining health had finally caught up to him. Just on Tuesday he made an announcement that he would be taking a leave of absence from writing since his cancer had returned, but apparently to a much more severe degree than most of us could have anticipated.
So according to a family friend, Roger Ebert – age 70 – passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013 . The movies will never be the same without him, but we will certainly live on honoring the work he contributed to the film industry. I know I will, for he has been one of my greatest inspirations.
Rest in peace, Roger.