By Britt Bickel

The Chicago Sun-Times announced this afternoon that beloved film critic Roger Ebert died after his long battle with cancer at the age of 70, reports CBS LA.

On Tuesday, Ebert shocked fans with news that his cancer had returned and wrote on his blog that he’d be taking a “leave of presence” from writing his movie reviews.

“It means I am not going away,” Ebert wrote. “I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

Ebert leaves behind a long legacy as a prolific movie critic and the first to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in criticism and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He helped popularize the “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” movie ratings with his longtime TV partner Gene Siskel, who passed away in 1999.

Movie lovers and Hollywood stars alike were saddened to hear about the passing of one of the most influential film critics in the business, and offered up their sincere tributes on Twitter in memory of his lasting influence.

Take a look at some of the reactions from the many Hollywood stars and writers Roger Ebert spent his much of his life reviewing.



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