Longtime Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert has died at age 70.
Ebert -- who reviewed movies for the Sun-Times for 46 years and on television for 31 years -- was described by the newspaper as "without question the nation's most prominent and influential film critic." His agent confirmed to ET that Ebert passed away Thursday in Chicago after suffering major health setbacks over the past decade, including battles with cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.
Just this week, the Pulitzer Prize winner announced that he had been diagnosed again with cancer again and said he'd be taking what he called "a leave of presence" to undergo treatment. Ebert revealed Tuesday night on his personal blog that a hip fracture he suffered in December led to the new diagnosis of cancer and that he was being treated with radiation. He provided no other details about his condition.