The Chicago Sun-Times has announced that legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70.
Ebert was half of the famous duo Siskel and Ebert who could make or break a movie with their famous "two-thumbs up or down" rating system. Considered one of the most famous and well-respected writers in the world, Ebert described himself on his Twitter account as a "film critic since time immemorial".
In recent years, Ebert struggled with cancer of the thyroid, salivary glands, and chin and had to be fed through a tube. Even so, he continued writing reviews and commentary on film. He published his last review on April 3, 2013, in which he gave the upcoming drama "The Place Beyond the Pines" four out of four stars.
Ebert's blog, hosted by the Chicago Sun-Times, featured his last entry entitled "A Leave of Presence." In the entry, he said:
I must slow down now, which is why I'm taking what I like to call "a leave of presence." What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away...I'll be there. 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.