Thursday, April 4

Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Roger Joseph Ebert
(June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013)

Roger Joseph Ebert, best known for his candid film reviews, has died from a lengthy battle with cancer today.

Having written for the Chicago-Sun Times for more than four decades, Ebert was teamed with Gene Siskel to debate over movies, giving audiences opposing view points and their well-known thumbs up or thumbs down after each critique. "At the Movies" and "Siskel and Ebert At the Movies" made the pair famous around the world. Television partner Gene Siskel, passed away in 1999 at the age of 53 from complications arising from brain surgery. Ebert continued on solo, then with Richard Roeper. The critic also garnered accolades, winning a Pulitzer in 1975 for film criticism and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Chicagoan was also the author of 15 books, a contributor to various magazines, a blogger, and instructor and lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Ebert was 70 years old and survived by his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on,, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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