After a long battle with cancer, Roger Ebert passed away earlier today at the age of 70. An inspiration to film critics around the world, Ebert was the movie reviewer at the Chicago Sun-Times for over 46 years. Many will remember watching him teaming up with Gene Siskel for “At The Movies,” while others checked in regularly to read his latest reviews on RobertEbert.com.
Even though he had part of his jaw removed in 2006, Roger Ebert was an inspiration to people everywhere when he fought for his health, didn’t hide from public eye, and continued to write on a regular basis.
We here at Daily Dead would like to say thank you to Roger Ebert for being an inspiration to us, as a film critic and as a person who continued to fight when many people would have given up hope. Our thoughts are with his friends and family, and we’d like to share a recent post from Roger Ebert with our readers. This is an excerpt from a journal entry he posted only two days ago:
“Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I’m glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for.”