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Film Critic Roger Ebert Has Died

April 4, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting its film critic Roger Ebert has died.

Earlier today, the Associated Press had reported that Ebert planned to write fewer of his famed movie reviews because of a recurrence of cancer.

The Pulitzer Prize winner on Tuesday announced on his blog that he had been undergoing radiation treatment for cancer that was discovered after he fractured his hip last year.

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Roger Ebert

Ebert, 70, wrote more than 300 movie reviews last year.

He had previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat during previous surgery, which also left him with a facial disfigurement.

"So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness," Ebert wrote on his blog earlier this week. "On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness."

He added that it "really stinks that the cancer has returned" and that "I have spent too many days in the hospital."

Ebert's annual film festival, Ebertfest, will continue at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, opening on April 17, he said.

A trio of filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, is working on a bio-documentary about Ebert.

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