The Balcony is Closed: Roger Ebert, 1942-2013

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Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

On April 2, Ebert revealed on his blog that his cancer had returned and that he would be reducing his reviewing duties at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ebert wrote that he would be taking a “leave of presence,” as he underwent radiation treatment, but it appears the cancer was too far gone already.

“It means I am not going away,” Ebert explained. “My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

The 70-year-old film critic was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, and cancerous growths were found on his salivary glands a year later, forcing him to undergo surgeries that left him without the ability to speak.