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April 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Two days after disclosing that a “painful fracture” that he had suffered and that had forced him to cut back his activities as the nation’s most-followed film critic was in fact a recurrence of cancer, Roger Ebert has died. His death at age 70 came 46 years to the day that he was named the Chicago Sun-Times‘s film critic. President Obama, a transplanted Chicagoan who established his political career in that city, issued a statement saying, “For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger.”