Roger Ebert, the longtime critic who popularized film criticism with his "thumbs up, thumbs down" reviews in print and on television, has died, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Thursday. He was 70.
Ebert revealed this week that he suffered a recurrence of the cancer that he had battled in recent years.
"There is a hole that can't be filled. One of the greats has left us," the Sun-Times tweeted in announcing the news.
Ebert, hired at the Sun-Times in 1967, reviewed movies at the newspaper for 46 years and established himself as one of the nation's most well known film critics.
He was diagnosed in 2002 with papillary thyroid cancer, and in 2003 was operated on for cancer in his salivary gland. Further surgeries to remove more cancerous tissue required removal of a section of jawbone and he continued to suffer complications over the next few years. After fracturing his hip last December he underwent further surgery.
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