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Roger Ebert Dies After Battle With Cancer

Cara Palmer |
April 4, 2013 | 2:26 p.m. PDT

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Roger Ebert died after a battle with cancer. (Rex Bennett, Creative Commons)
Roger Ebert died after a battle with cancer. (Rex Bennett, Creative Commons)
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday at age 70. He had announced two days prior that he once again had cancer, and was going to "slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote," CNN reports.

Ebert had already had a very public battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancer. As the New York Times writes,

"Mr. Ebert’s struggle with cancer, starting in 2002, gave him an altogether different public image — as someone who refused to surrender to illness. Though he had operations for cancer of the thyroid, salivary glands and chin, lost his ability to eat, drink and speak (a prosthesis partly obscured the loss of much of his chin, and he was fed through a tube) and became a gaunter version of his once-portly self, he continued to write reviews and commentary and published a cookbook he had started, on meals that could be made with a rice cooker."

Ebert won a Pulitzer Prize for his work, and was perhaps most famous for his "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" movie revies, according to NPR.


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