Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, died from cancer at the age of 70 on Thursday, April 4 in Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked for more than four decades, reported the sad news. "We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away," said his wife, Chaz Ebert. "No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition."
President Barack Obama, as well as director Darren Aronofsky, actor and other Hollywood celebrities paid tribute to the famous film critic who expressed his appreciation for great films with his "two thumbs up" line. "Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans -and especially Chicagoans- Roger was the movies," President Obama said in a statement.