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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chaz Ebert Issues a Statement on the Death of Her "Beloved Husband," Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert and his wife, Chaz

On this very sad day in film history, we remember the influence, candor and passion of the late great film critic Roger Ebert, who passed away today at the age of 70. His wife, Chaz, issues a touching statement on his death in the following press release:

Chaz Ebert issues statement on the death of her ‘beloved husband,’ Roger Ebert

CHICAGO, April 4, 2013 -- Chaz Ebert issued the following statement Thursday about the passing of her husband, Roger Ebert, a day after he celebrated 46 years as a film critic:

“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. It had its highs and the lows, but was always experienced with good humor, grace and a deep abiding love for each other.

“Roger was a beloved husband, stepfather to Sonia and Jay, and grandfather to Raven, Emil, Mark and Joseph. Just yesterday he was saying how his grandchildren were “the best things in my life.” He was happy and radiating satisfaction over the outpouring of responses to his blog about his 46th year as a film critic. But he was also getting tired of his fight with cancer, and said if this takes him, he has lived a great and full life.

“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.

“We are touched by all the kindness and the outpouring of love we’ve received. And I want to echo what Roger said in his last blog, thank you for going on this journey with us.”

Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert. You will be sorely missed. 


Daniel said...

Touching statement, my heart goes out to her. Very sad day indeed.

Brittani Burnham said...

So touching. They made a really fantastic couple.

Dankwa Brooks said...

Touching statement indeed.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks for sharing this. Very moving message from Roger Ebert's loving wife. He was such an inspiration. I will miss him.

Colin Biggs said...

Wonderful piece, I am comforted by the fact that he was peaceful when he left this world surrounded by loved ones.

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