Roger Ebert, movie critic extraordinaire, died April 4 after a battle with cancer. He was 70. For more than 45 years, his film reviews appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times – and, of course, he also shared his opinions on TV, first on "Siskel & Ebert at the Movies" and then with "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper." A Pulitzer Prize winner, he wrote more than 15 books on subjects ranging from films to food. In 2002, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and soon after growths were found on his salivary glands, which necessitated surgery to remove part of his jaw. While he lost his voice and could speak only through a machine, he found a new medium to embrace – the Internet. Ebert had a lively presence online through his blog as well as Twitter, where he had over 800,000 followers. Just days before he died, he announced that his cancer had returned. (Doctors had discovered it in 2012 after he broke his hip.) However, Ebert was optimistic about his future, calling his leave of absence to undergo radiation a "leave a presence," and ensuring his fans, "It means I am not going away," which makes his sudden passing even sadder.
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