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.