Just one day after saying he was taking a leave of presence, Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, died on Thursday. He was 70.
Ebert, who worked for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and was co-host for 37 years of “At the Movies,” had battled cancer since 2002. He lost his jaw in 2006 as a result of surgery and was unable to talk. On Wednesday, Ebert posted to his blog, saying he was scaling back his film reviews—taking a “leave of presence,” as he called it—after learning his cancer had returned.
A prolific Twitter user, Ebert became a trending topic in the U.S. shortly after news of his death was released.
In his blog post on Wednesday, Ebert had these final words for his readers:
“So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”
Last year, our sister site PR Daily interviewed Ebert about movie publicists, social media and, of course, film. Read the interview here.