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U.S. film critic Roger Ebert has died, the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper said in a Twitter posting on Thursday. Ebert, 70, who had lost his ability to speak and eat after surgeries for thyroid and salivary gland cancer in 2002 and 2003, said earlier this week that his cancer had returned

Film critic Roger Ebert stands in the photographers line at the premiere of "The Night Listener" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 21, 2006. Ebert announced on April 2, 2012 that he would take a "leave of presence" after a recurrence of cancer. The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic had a series of health struggles since being diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2002.Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Film critic Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert arrive for the premiere of the movie "Damsels in Distress" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in this September 13, 2011 photo.Fred Thornhill/Reuters

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Ebert gives the thumbs-up after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood June 23, 2005. Ebert was the first movie critic to be honored with a Pulitzer Prize for arts criticism in 1975.Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Ebert, left, and Gene Siskel hold signs marking "Siskel & Ebert Way" in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1995. The City of Chicago honored the critics by giving a city street the honorary title.Bill Stamets/The Associated Press

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper took an aisle seat opposite Ebert on the syndicated weekly movie review series that had been dubbed ``Roger Ebert & the Movies'' since the February, 1999 death of the show's longtime co-host Gene Siskel. The show was re-named “Ebert & Roeper & the Movies.”Reuters

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Ebert acknowleged the applause of those gathered to pay tribute to him at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, July 18, 2005. A sidewalk medallion bearing his name was unveiled under the marquee of the theatre during the celebration.Charles Rex Arbogast/The Associated Press

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Ebert is photographed at home in his office, Monday, April 23, 2007, in Chicago.Dom Najolia/The Associated Press

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Ebert worked at his computer in his home on the north side of Chicago. He had not been able to speak since his 3rd cancer operation in 2008, so he used the computer to talk and communicate with visitors and friends. Ebert had his jaw almost completely removed due to surgery. He spoke with help of a computer voice, along with his wife, Chaz, as she had been his greatest support.Eric Y. Exit/The Canadian Press

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This 1986 photo shows Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel in Los Angeles. Ebert is the nation's best-known film reviewer who with fellow critic Siskel created the template for succinct thumbs-up or thumbs-down movie reviews.Douglas C. Pizac/The Associated Press

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This 1969 photo shows Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert in the newsroom of the paper in Chicago. Ebert is the most famous and popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb.Bob Kotalik/The Associated Press

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This undated file photo originally released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television shows movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel. Ebert and Siskel, who died in 1999, trademarked the "two thumbs up" phrase.Anonymous/The Associated Press

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