Roger Ebert: Career in pictures
Roger Ebert gave independent films popular appeal, and his 'thumbs-up, thumbs-down' ratings on TV were both coveted and scorned. The prolific critic continued to write reviews while battling cancer in recent years.
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Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, died on Thursday at age 70. He had battled cancer on and off for the final decade of his life. Ebert lost his jaw and his ability to speak following a surgery to remove cancerous tissue in 2006, but for the final few years of his life, he continued to connect with his readership through prolific use of social media and his blog.