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Monday 22 December 2014

Film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

Roger Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down reviews (AP)
Roger Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down reviews (AP)

US film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70, according to reports.

The Chicago Sun-Times said on its website that the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic died on Thursday.

Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the US.

On Wednesday he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.

Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 and later had surgery for cancer of the salivary gland.

He lost his chin and his ability to speak but later resumed writing full-time and eventually even returned to television.

Ebert started as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967.

In 1975 he became the first movie reviewer to get the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

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