For more than three decades Roger Ebert co-hosted alongside the late Gene Siskel – one of the most powerful movie critics on TV.

Just yesterday he had announced that he was battling cancer again and that he will scale back his writing by taking a "leave of presence" from his more than four-decade career.

According to a family friend, Ebert died today at the age of 70.

He was planning to host the 15th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival later this month in his hometown of Champaign-Urbana.

May he rest in peace. You can leave a message on his facebook page here.

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