Just yesterday we posted the news about Roger Ebert’s “leave of presence” and it is with incredible sadness that we report today that Mr. Ebert (or Professor Ebert as I called him) has passed away at the age of 70 after a long and heroic battle with cancer. I am honestly a bit too stunned and shaken to write much at this time. He was a teacher to many and a hero to many more. I never had the chance to interview him, though boy did I try, but at the end of the day I just wanted to say “thank you.” Thank you for providing me with all the knowledge I needed to write about film. You were and will remain a guiding light of film criticism. It’s time for the end credits, but a sequel is in the works. The Ebert brand will be around for a long, long time, ensuring that our memory of the man will remain strong. Our thoughts are with his wife Chaz and the rest of his family and friends. To say you will be missed is an understatement.
My piece from yesterday can be found here if you would like to read it. But I would heavily encourage you to enjoy some of these clips of the man himself…
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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