Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

US film critic Roger Ebert dies aged 70

Roger Ebert accepts the ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award at the Paris Las Vegas in 2009
Roger Ebert accepts the ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award at the Paris Las Vegas in 2009
Roger Ebert attends the 32nd Annual AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep in 2004 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California
Roger Ebert arrives at Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach in 2006 in Santa Monica, California

American film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70 after a decade long battle with cancer.

The renowned movie buff was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the US.

Yesterday, 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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