Roger Ebert attends the 2011 Chicago Public Library gala, Oct. 20, 2011.

Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70

Pulitzer Prize winning writer revealed cancer diagnosis on Tuesday.

Roger Ebert attends the 2011 Chicago Public Library gala, Oct. 20, 2011.
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Famed film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times disclosed in an afternoon tweet. Ebert worked for the paper beginning in 1967.

Ebert, 70, announced Tuesday that he was taking a "leave of presence" from his longtime employer. "It means I am not going away," he wrote.

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The "leave of presence," he wrote, was brought on because a "painful fracture" that impaired his ability to walk was revealed to be caused by cancer, for which he was being treated with radiation. "It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital," wrote Ebert.

In his announcement, Ebert said he was re-launching Rogerebert.com and "taking ownership of the site under a separate entity, Ebert Digital."

"Stepping away from the day-to-day grind," he wrote, "will enable me to continue as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and roll out other projects under the Ebert brand in the coming year."

Ebert is known for the TV show "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper" and for being the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, which he won in 1975.

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