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   CHICAGO (AP) - Actors, directors and film critics have gathered in Chicago to honor the late movie critic Roger Ebert.

   The movie reviewer's widow, Chaz Ebert, welcomed her husband's fans to the Chicago Theatre on Thursday, and remembered him as a father, friend, humanitarian and journalist.

   A choir began the memorial by singing "Roger Ebert, we will always love you."

   Actors John Cusack and Chris Tucker were to speak at the event, called "Roger Ebert: A Celebration of Life," along with Ebert's friends and family.

   The acclaimed critic died April 4 at age 70 after a years-long battle with cancer. The day before his death, Ebert wrote in a post on his blog that he was taking a break from his schedule of almost-daily movie reviewing because the cancer had recurred.

 
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Thursday, 04 April 2013 14:47

Robert Ebert has died at 70

CHICAGO-- AP — The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert has died. He was 70.

 

The paper says on its website the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic died Thursday.

 

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

 

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 he 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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