Fade Out: Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013)

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert – film critic, journalist, screenwriter, and the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Chaz, along with a step-daughter and two step-grandchildren.

The news comes just two days after Ebert posted on his own blog about taking as self-described “leave of presence” from some of his heavy workload to focus on new projects and movie reviews he was passionate about. His is a tremendous loss to the world of film, from critics to creators to fans.

The news was first reported by Neil Steinberg at Ebert’s own home paper, The Chicago Sun-Times, and we point you to his lovely, thoughtful obituary for an indelible portrait of the man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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