(Moviefone) Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. The news was reported by his newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times.

Just this week, Ebert said that he would be cutting back his reviews due to recurring thyroid and salivary gland cancers. Although the illness caused him to lose the lower half of his jaw and the ability to speak in 2006, he continued to write with the same tenacity and wit he was always known for. He also built up an enormous online following on both Twitter and Facebook.

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