The Chicago Sun-Times announced this afternoon that beloved film critic Roger Ebert died after his long battle with cancer at the age of 70, reports CBS LA.
On Tuesday, Ebert shocked fans with news that his cancer had returned and wrote on his blog that he’d be taking a “leave of presence” from writing his movie reviews.
“It means I am not going away,” Ebert wrote. “I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”
Ebert leaves behind a long legacy as a prolific movie critic and the first to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in criticism and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He helped popularize the “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” movie ratings with his longtime TV partner Gene Siskel, who passed away in 1999.
Movie lovers and Hollywood stars alike were saddened to hear about the passing of one of the most influential film critics in the business, and offered up their sincere tributes on Twitter in memory of his lasting influence.
Take a look at some of the reactions from the many Hollywood stars and writers Roger Ebert spent his much of his life reviewing.
It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away
— Suntimes (@Suntimes) April 4, 2013
— TomCruise.com (@TomCruise) April 4, 2013
we lost a thoughtful writer, i remember my first review from him, pi (i got his and siskel’s thumbs) it was a career highlight. #rogerebert
— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) April 4, 2013
Goodbye Roger Ebert, we had fun. The balcony is closed. — Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert. Millions of thumbs up for you. RIP — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 4, 2013
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert.Clear-eyed dreamer, king of the written word… say.ly/bRt5wg3
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert was an excellent writer, a gifted artist, and as nice a guy as you’ll ever meet.Sad he’s gone.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 4, 2013
very sad to hear of Roger Ebert’s passing. hard imagine a world without him.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) April 4, 2013
Just heard about the death of Roger Ebert. He was a nice, nice man. I truly liked him – I’m very sad.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 4, 2013