The legendary critic died April 4 in Chicago.
Roger Ebert, the first film critic to ever win a Pulitzer Prize, died April 4 after battling both cancer of the thyroid and salivary gland, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Best known for his influential reviews and his multiple television shows — including At The Movies, which he co-hosted with Gene Siskel, who was later replaced by Richard Roeper in 2000, following Gene’s death — Roger left an undeniable imprint in the film industry.
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Roger’s health had been in decline in recent years. He was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, at which point he began radiation treatment for tumors found on his thyroid and salivary gland. He resumed work in 2006, though reviews were staggered. He also lost part of his lower jaw in 2006, rendering him unable to speak or eat, though doctors did what they could to reconstruct his mouth.
But even when his film reviews were negative, or life dealt him a cruel hand, Roger remained a positive person. The following is an excerpt from his memoirs:
‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
He will be missed.
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— Andy Swift