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By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Roger Ebert (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Roger Ebert (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, famed film critic Roger Ebert has died.

Ebert battled a long and public fight against cancer. He also lost his ability to speak and eat after surgeries for thyroid and salivary gland cancer in both 2002 and 2003. Earlier this week, reports stated that Ebert’s cancer had returned.

The Chicago Sun-Times made a picture of Ebert its avatar on Twitter and offered sentiments of Ebert:

Ebert was once described by Forbes as “the most powerful pundit in America”.

He was known for his film review column which appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times beginning in 1967, and later online.

Ebert was later joined by fellow film critic Gene Siskel and were known for their poignant and “tell it like it is” movie critiques. They sat in the balcony of a theater and were known for a twosome who gave the most detailed and brusk critiques of movies.

Ebert also won a Pulitzer Prize for his criticism and became the thunderous voice as well as a recognizable critic in the USA. The phrase “thumbs up” was made famous because of Ebert as well as Siskel. Ebert is survived by his his wife Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert.

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