Fans of beloved film critic Roger Ebert have been invited to bid farewell to the star at a memorial service in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning film buff and longtime Chicago Sun-Times contributor died on Thursday, two days after revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.
He will be remembered with a ceremony at the Holy Name Cathedral on Monday morning and his loved ones have decided to make the service open to the public so friends, family and devotees can mourn his loss together.
Tributes to Ebert poured in after news of his death broke on Thursday, with U.S. President Barack Obama joining actors Mia Farrow, Steve Martin, Stephen Fry and William Shatner in expressing their sorrow at the sad announcement.
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died Thursday, just one day after announcing his cancer had returned. The Chicago Sun-Times confirms Ebert passed away in Chicago at the age of 70. No other details were immediately available.
Ebert became a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. He was eventually syndicated to roughly 200 newspapers around the world. He was the first film critic to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and win a Pulitzer Prize.
For 23 years, Ebert reviewed films with Gene Siskel on the TV programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies. When Siskel died in 1999, Ebert worked with Richard Roeper on the TV series Ebert & Roeper & the Movies. He stopped appearing on the show in 2006 after several surgeries to remove cancerous growths left him without part of his jaw, and unable to speak, eat, or drink. His cancer returned last December. Earlier this week he announced the disease’s return and said he would be taking “a leave of presence” from his blog and film reviews.
Ebert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Chaz Hammelsmith.