Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died today, days after taking a “leave of presence” from his job at the Chicago Sun-Times. More info as it comes in.
*Update: The Sun-Times just posted its obit of Ebert. No real mention of the details of his death, other than that he was 70 years-old and that his passing came after a long battle with cancer.
Ebert reviewed films for the Sun-Times for 46 years. After losing parts of his jaw to cancer in 2006, losing his ability to eat or speak in the process, he somehow managed to become even more relevant by embracing social media. He was one of the few old-school journalists who truly got the brave new world of online media. His nearly 900,000 Twitter followers are a testament to that.
True to form, in his final week, he managed to pen not just one, but two lengthy reviews–one of the Stephanie Meyer adaptation The Host and the other of the indie doc The Iran Job, which played the LA Film Festival last Spring. He gave both two-and-a-half stars. Hopefully he was able to see something he liked a little better before he passed.