April 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm #98186
Friend of mine who works in the news media just texted me that Roger Ebert has died. Sun Times website and his personal website won’t come up, so still looking for further validation but it doesn’t look good.
Quite a loss for the moviegoing community and the industry.April 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm #98188
CNN is reporting it now as well.April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm #98189
USA Today just confirmed it. What a staggering loss this is. Just awful news. RIP. 🙁April 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm #98190
That is very sad news. He provided a connection between the film industry and average movie goers world wide. He was a legend and will be missed.April 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm #98191
RIP to a true legend.April 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm #98192
His obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/17320958-418/roger-ebert-dies-at-70-after-battle-with-cancer.htmlApril 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm #98193
You will be missed Mr. Ebert.April 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm #98194
R.I.P. Mr Ebert. You get two thumbs up from me.April 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm #98195
While I disagreed with him on some movies, I feel like the industry has lost one of the last critics that was the complete package. May he rest in peace.April 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm #98196
RIP Mr. Ebert – you were a true greatApril 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm #98197
Really saddened by this news. RIP Roger and thanks for all the great work you did. You will be missed.April 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm #98198
RIP, will be very missed.April 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm #98199
This loss makes Ebert’s last blog post just two days ago (“A Leave of Presence”) all the more poignant and saddening. He still had many plans and much more to contribute to the world.April 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm #98200
This is very upsetting. RIP.April 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm #98201
Roger was an incredibly generous soul. I knew him since 1970 or so (when I was still a teen), and his friendship and support lasted through that entire period, including recently (we traded emails several times over the last year as he actively supported a recent writing venture of mine). His voice was at its strongest when for most of us it would have been at its weakest.
I read him from his start in 1967. A few months into his career he championed Bonnie and Clyde, the first film I responded to as a maturing person. He was a terrific writer first and foremost. I frequently disagreed with his reviews, and sometimes disagreed with him in person (we often shared breakfast at the same hotel in Cannes, having 180 degree different opinions) but he was always genial and respectful.
The inspiration though that he has been in recent years transcended anything he did for movies. His internal strength was amazing, but his wife Chaz clearly was instrumental in guiding him forward.
RIP Roger. It was a privilege to have known you.