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.