Well-know movie critic, Roger Ebert, apparently had what has been termed “a profound experience” during the last days of his life. Born on June 18, 1942, Ebert passed over on April 4, 2013.
Many people claim Ebert was an atheist but he did not like the moniker. Over the course of his lifetime, he attended “churches all over the world… not to pray but to gently nudge my thoughts toward wonder and awe,” he is said to have claimed.
However, in a recent Esquire magazine article entitled Oral Histories of 2013, his wife Chaz said that on the day of his death, “he was strong enough again for me to take him back home… he looked really happy,” she added noting, “He was smiling.”
When he put his head down as if meditating, his wife was “freaked out. There was some kind of code thing, and they brought machines in. I was stunned.”
Once the machines were turned on, she said the room became peaceful. As a Dave Brubeck song played, they sat together on the bed.
“I didn't want to leave him,” she said. “I sat there with him for hours, just holding his hand.”
At the same time she noticed how “really beautiful,” peaceful and young he looked. Ebert had expressed doubt in the reality of God before, but at this point she said, “Something really interesting happened.
She noted that during the weeks leading up to his final day, Ebert talked about “having visited this other place. I thought he was hallucinating” or giving him too much medication.
Then on April 4, he handed her a not that said, “This is all an elaborate hoax.”
When she asked him what he meant, he replied that life in this world was “all an illusion.”
Again she though perhaps he had lost his grip on reality. However, he described the place he had been as “a vastness that you can’t even imagine. It was a place where the past, present and future were happening all at once.”
Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., also experienced a strange phenomenon during his final days. He stared at his wife, children and sister “for a long time” and then looked right past them, as if seeing something or someone else.
According to his wife, Laurene, his last words were, “Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow! Whatever he saw, it must have been quite spectacular.
See Part 2: Research indicates deathbed visions are common