Roger Ebert — a legend — has died. He was 70 years old. Just yesterday, Ebert announced that his cancer had returned and that in order to deal with radiation treatments, he was going to dial down his production. But minutes ago, the Chicago Sun-Times tweeted “It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (
@ebertchicago) has passed away.”
Ebert had been a contributor to the Sun-Times since 1967. He wrote 15 books and in 1975, became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Ebert’s TV shows, such as At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies, received many Emmy nominations. And the famous “thumbs” rating system etched a place in American culture that will never fade away.
“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do,” wrote Ebert, in his memoir, Life Itself. “To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try.”
Mission accomplished, Mr. Ebert.