Movie Critic Roger Ebert Loses Battle with Cancer

One half of the duo that trademarked the phrase "two thumbs up," died at 70 years old.
2:11 | 04/05/13

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continues. We'll turn now to the death of roger ebert yesterday at the age of 70. He was among the country's most influential film critics and gave us that trademark thumbs up of his until the very end. Among his last words written just days ago very fitting, "i'll see you at the movies." Abc's chris connelly remembers the singular roger ebert. Reporter: Tributes to film critic roger ebert keep coming. On social media and at his star on the hollywood walk of fame. His widow chaz called their time together "more epic and beautiful than a movie." Roger loved movies. They were his life, said steven spielberg. "I miss my dear friend" tweeted spike lee. "Full metal jacket" is too little too late. Reporter: Wielded his trademark thumb up and down in judgment while reviewing new releases from 1975 to1995 along gene siskel. What about the movies, the dialogue, the characters? Reporter: After siskel's death with richard robber. Felt like you were beginning a conversation with him about the movies. He knew film inside out but never condescended to the audience. Reporter: He deepened viewers' appreciation of the movies and telling them having an opinion was okay. I would have loved to be present at the story where they convinced themselves getting away with murders with a filmable concept. How did anyone decide this movie should be made. Reporter: In 1975 ebert became the first film critic to win the pulitzer prize. He evening wrote the screenplay to the 1970 movie "beyond the valley of the dolls." This is my happening and it freaks me out. Reporter: A battle with cancer that began in 2002 would transform his appearance. It took away his voice that's just like I was in life, you could never shut me up. Reporter: Which was replaced by a computerized one. But at least it sounds like me when I type in anything, it will read in my voice. It's incredible. Reporter: His life's influential work made the movies and the audience better and for that, millions of thumbs way, way up. For "good morning america," chris connelly, abc news, los angeles.

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