Roger Ebert passed away on April 4 at the age of 70. See how the legendary film critic's famous friends are reacting to the news of his death.
President Obama released this statement: "For a generation of Americans — especially Chicagoans — Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family."
Iconic film director Steven Spielberg said in a statement: "Roger loved movies. They were his life. His reviews went far deeper than simply thumbs up or thumbs down. He wrote with passion through a real knowledge of film and film history, and in doing so, helped many movies find their audiences. Roger’s passing is virtually the end of an era and now the balcony is closed forever."
Martin Scorsese said in a statement: "The death of Roger Ebert is an incalculable loss for movie culture and for film criticism. And it’s a loss for me personally. Roger was always supportive, he was always right there for me when I needed it most, when it really counted – at the very beginning, when every word of encouragement was precious. There was a professional distance between us, but then I could talk to him much more freely than I could to other critics. Really, Roger was my friend. It’s that simple. Few people I’ve known in my life loved or cared as much about movies. I’ll miss him — my dear friend, Roger Ebert."
Ebert's wife, Chaz, said in a statement posted on her husband's Sun-Times blog: "I am devastated by the loss of my love, Roger — my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner of over 20 years. He fought a courageous fight. I’ve lost the love of my life and the world has lost a visionary and a creative and generous spirit who touched so many people all over the world. We had a lovely, lovely life together, more beautiful and epic than a movie."
Take a look at Roger Ebert through the years here.
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