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Renowned movie critic Roger Ebert, whose cancer has left him unable to speak, has broken his hip -- but he continued his high-profile online presence by tweeting about his fall.
"Yes, fracture. But no surgery needed. Details follow," Ebert, 70, shared on Twitter Dec. 6.
Ebert's wife Chaz Ebert broke news of the broken hip -- also on Twitter -- earlier in the day. "Roger in hospital with hip fracture (tricky disco dance moves) but he is doing well, asking for computer, will probably tweet."
Ebert’s broken hip comes after years of serious health complications for the Pulitzer-Prize winning critic. In 2002, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which spread to his salivary glands. The cancer required doctors to remove part of his jaw, and complications from cancer treatments led to a burst carotid artery that nearly killed him. Additional surgeries left him unable to speak or eat. He broke a hip in 2008.
Ebert now communicates with a computer, but continues to post reviews for the Chicago Sun Times, which published his latest review Thursday. In addition, Ebert has been a prolific twitter user and posts frequently on his popular website, in which he writes boldly -- not just about movies but politics and culture as well.
"I would feel diminished if I had to write only about movies," Ebert wrote earlier this year, weeks before the presidential election. "Or let me be more precise: If you give it some thought, to have a license to write about movies is to be licensed to write about anything. 'All politics is local,' said Tip O'Neill. To which I append: 'All movies is political.'"