Lendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at 70.
Los Angeles (CNN) — The last hand in the “two thumbs up” film critic team, Roger Ebert, died Thursday, two days after revealing cancer returned to his body.
Ebert and Gene Siskel co-hosted the iconic review show “Siskel and Ebert At The Movies” until Siskel’s death in 1999 after a battle with a brain tumor.
The Chicago Sun-Times, the base of operations for Ebert’s syndicated reviews, announced his death at age 70.
“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition,” his wife, Chaz Ebert, said in a statement Thursday. (Chaz Ebert pictured above)
“I’ll see you at the movies,” were the last words Ebert wrote to his readers. They were published in an essay titled “Leave of Presence” on his blog Tuesday, in which he explained he was planning to slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote.