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Roger Ebert Passes Away at 70: Saying Goodbye to One of the Greats

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm by Amanda Andonian

Roger Ebert

Normally we don’t report on news like this here at Geek Legacy, but since so much of our time and effort here is centered around movies and the film industry, I thought that the late great Roger Ebert deserved a small send off from our corner of the Internet. In case you hadn’t heard, the 70 year-old film critic passed away today after a long protracted battle with cancer.

The Chicago Sun Times reported earlier this afternoon on Roger Ebert’s death with an obituary written by Neil Steinberg, which goes into greater detail regarding Ebert’s battle with cancer. It’s clear from his last blog post, “A Leave of Presence,” that Ebert had no intention of quitting what he loved doing despite concerns over his health. While it’s unfortunate that the projects he alluded to will not be spearheaded by the man himself, no doubt his wife and business partner, Chaz, will continue to carry the torch for him.

No matter what you think of his taste in movies, there’s no question that Ebert (as well as his partner in crime Gene Siskel) has had an indelible impact on the field of film criticism. I can’t speak for the guys, but I know that I’ve often spent hours on Ebert’s site reading reviews of movies that I haven’t seen, trying to decide if it sounded like something I wanted to drop $15 on. Whether or not his opinions on movies (and sometimes video games) were right, he was still an intelligent man and prolific writer who has no doubt inspired many.

What I find the most interesting about the man is not so much his film criticism but what he decided to do with his life despite the specter of cancer hanging over his head. He could have retreated into seclusion after losing his jaw, but instead he rallied and continued to create. Not only did he start his own company, Ebert Digital, but he also produced incredible pieces on the nature of life and death and what it all meant to him (which you can read over at Salon if you’re so inclined).

So, here’s a moment of silence for Mr. Ebert. Again, whether or not you agree with his opinions on movies, his writing with regards to life after his bout with cancer is well worth reading and will definitely give you a lot to think about. The balcony is closed.

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