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I am not going away those words from the legendary movie critic Roger Ebert in what would be the final call and he whatever right.
-- died today ending a years long struggle with cancer that's according to the Chicago sun times the newspaper for -- which he worked for 46 years.
Just this week -- announced his cancer had returned and he was taking a leave of absence he vowed he would return.
No doubt Ebert became the most influential film critic of our time the first ever won a Pulitzer Prize the first to have a television show.
The first to -- the iconic phrase two thumbs up.
He and his on air partner Gene Siskel became the perfect TV -- until Siskel died in 1999.
After his own battle with cancer.
During -- its -- he reviewed hundreds of movies every year but he was forced to slow down in 2006.
When he came down with cancer of the thyroid and -- -- land in ravaged his face he couldn't speak or eat.
But he never it's never stopped doing what he loved reviewing movies he even scheduled his cancer treatments around his film screenings.
And he kept riding up to the very end he closed his very final post with this line thank you for going on this journey with me.
I'll see you at the movies.
Mike Tobin with the news live and -- hometown of Chicago -- folks in Chicago must feel a very special connection.
-- -- -- for starters he's issued.
I -- film critic who got a star on Hollywood's walk of fame and right now that is becoming a makeshift memorial.
We can also tell you that he once took the host a young host of AM Chicago out to dinner at hamburger Hamlet near rush street.
And he told that die young television host that she should syndicate her shell.
Oprah Winfrey took his advice he's a drink with Studs Terkel -- columnist Mike right -- -- -- Billy goat tavern just under Michigan avenue that's back when he used to drink he was very tech savvy and aggressive with the Internet because of that he was an early investor in Google.
He made millions.
A lot of people are gonna remember for thumbs up or thumbs down but that's really productive considering what he brought to the industry.
He gave -- voice to people who loved movies I remember an interview he did where someone asked how do you become film critic and he said you call yourself one.
You stand up and say I'm a film critic and you make yourself one is an -- Model of any business and likes to -- all -- follow.
And you know it's remarkable that upon his passing he received public condolences from both the mayor of Chicago.
And the president the White House releasing a statement that read in part.
Even -- his own battles with cancer Roger was as productive as he was resilient continuing to share his passion in perspective what the world.
The movies won't be the same without Roger.
Still he was asked one time what film was shown in heaven and -- -- could you get up for free and calorie free he responded Citizen Kane.
And Vanilla Haagen -- John.
And despite his illness I guess his death caught a lot of people by surprise -- You know it really did of course everyone knew that he was sick -- posted on his own blog you mention that he was taking a leave of presence for a while because his cancer had returned.
But frankly people had gotten used to his resilience despite him AA cancer surgery rendering him on able to speak.
He reinvented himself largely on social media he continued to write books -- write a book he wrote a book about cooking despite the fact that he could no longer eat.
And look at -- -- Steinberg's column in today's sometimes a paraphrase of his -- final blog Roger Ebert is not going away.
That ran this morning John while Mike -- in Chicago.
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