Pulitizer Prize-winning Chicago film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday after a long battle with cancer, his employer the Chicago Sun-Times announced. He was 70.
Ebert wrote on his blog Tuesday night he was again undergoing treatment for cancer after fracturing his hip a second time and planned to scale back on his daily workload.
"The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to," he wrote. "I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."
Ebert began his stint as Chicago Sun-Times' film critic April 3, 1967. Famous nationally as the host of several movie review TV programs, he had to slow down after a battle with thyroid cancer, which began in 2002. He has been unable to speak or eat solid foods for the past several years, due to complications from the disease and reconstructive surgeries.
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