Film critic Roger Ebert dead at 70

4:46 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
OCTOBER 20: Roger Ebert attends the 2011 Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library gala benefit awards dinner at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum on October 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting its long-time film critic Roger Ebert has died.

Ebert's death comes just one day after the announcement that his cancer had come back and that he would be scaling back his movie reviews to undergo radiation.

The 70-year-old film critic had previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat after surgery.

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In a lengthy essay posted late Tuesday, Ebert says the latest cancer was discovered after a "painful fracture" that made it difficult for him to walk. The Pulitzer Prize winner was hospitalized late last year with a hip fracture.

Ebert wrote that he was "not going away." Instead, he would be writing select movie reviews while leaving the rest of the work to a team of writers.

Ebert reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years. He died Thursday in Chicago.

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