Just a couple of days after Roger Ebert announced that his cancer came back and he’s taking a “leave of presence,” The Chicago Sun-Times reports that he passed away at the age of 70. Roger Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2007 and four years later he lost his ability to talk and eat when doctors removed part of his lower jaw, but that didn’t stop him doing what he loved and he kept reviewing movies almost until the end. Here’s what Roger said a few years ago about death. A dust storm is coming your way, so grab your crying cloth:
“I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear.
I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.”
And now he’s in a screening room in heaven, fighting with Gene Siskel. Rest in peace, Roger Ebert.