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World-renowned film critic Roger Ebert has died on April 4 after a long battle with cancer, confirms his long-time employer, the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 70 years old.
Ebert had just announced yesterday that his cancer had returned and he would be taking a "leave of prescence" from his film reviews. "It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital," he wrote on his blog. "So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness."
Ebert was beloved by Hollywood and fans around the world -- and many of them immediately took to social media to mourn. See some of the celebrity Twitter reactions to the heartbreaking news.
Roger and Gene together again. End of an era.— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 4, 2013
Shocked and truly, deeply saddened at the loss of the great Roger Ebert. A legend. His voice will be missed.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 4, 2013
Rest in peace, Roger Ebert! You were an inspiration.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert RIP.#chicagolove— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert was an excellent writer, a gifted artist, and as nice a guy as you'll ever meet.Sad he's gone.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 4, 2013
Sad to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert, he was a grand man & in my opinion the dean of American film critics-he will be sorely missed— Larry King(@kingsthings) April 4, 2013
Thanks Mr. Ebert.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) April 4, 2013
So sad to read passing of Roger Ebert. He will forever bewatching movies with Gene Siskel. Thumbs up to him!— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 4, 2013
Just heard about the death of Roger Ebert. He was a nice, nice man. I truly liked him - I'm very sad.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 4, 2013