Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died. He was 70.
In his columns and other writings, Ebert explored more than just the movies: he "displayed the soul of a poet", as the Chicago Tribune puts it, in pieces that touched on his insights into life, art, and his own health, especially following his 2002 diagnosis with cancer.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was an incredibly prolific writer. Starting in 1967, Ebert wrote an influential film review column for the Chicago Sun-Times.
But that's far from all he wrote: some days the Sun-Times would feature as many as nine or 10 articles all penned by Ebert. He also published 15 books over the course of his career.
Ebert discovered his love for journalism early in life, and kept the passion up throughout: when he was a kid in Urbana, Illinois, he published his own neighbourhood paper. In high school, he was co-editor of the school paper, and he went on to become editor of the campus paper at the University of Illinois.
He was also well-known for his role as host of four TV shows: 'Sneak Previews', 'At the Movies with Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert', 'Siskel & Ebert & The Movies', and 'Ebert & Roeper & the Movies' following Siskel's death in 1999.
During their time as co-hosts, Siskel and Ebert were considered by many industry experts to be the most powerful critics in the world. They were also celebrities in their own right, appearing on The Tonight Show, Oprah and Late Night with David Letterman regularly.
Remembering Gene Siskel, who died at 53 from complications after a growth was removed from his brain, Ebert said "He was like a brother, and I loved him that way."
After he lost his jaw to cancer, Ebert also lost his voice. He stopped appearing on 'Ebert & Roeper & the Movies' in 2006 (although his name stayed in the title), but he continued to write on his popular blog, RogerEbert.com.
His last TV show was called 'Ebert Presents: At the Movies', and it ran in early 2011, with other people voicing his reviews.
At TED2011, Ebert gave a presentation about using computers to rebuild his voice. Check that out below:
And for an example of the kind of film criticism Ebert was so well known for, here's his review of 'The Shawshank Redemption', alongside Gene Siskel, from 'At The Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert':