Chicago, April 4, 2013 -- Chaz Ebert issued the following statement 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.”
Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell
Roger was a tremendous figure to us--the older, wiser brother neither of us ever had. He inspired us not just with his love of film but also his love of life. He found genuine joy in everyone he met, everything in the world he saw and read and encountered. In Chaz he found the perfect partner and helpmate, and she too is in our thoughts throughout these days. Roger's writing will live on, but so will our memories of this extraordinary man.
A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Ebert Was a Critic Whose Sting Was Salved by Caring"
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Farewell to a generous colleague and friend"
Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Roger Ebert's funeral: 'He had a heart big enough to love all'
Roger Simon, Chicago Sun-Times
"The debt I owe Roger Ebert"
(requires free registration)
"Chicago, nation reacts to passing of Roger Ebert" (beautiful slide show)
Jim Emerson, RogerEbert.com
"Remembering the Roger I knew"
James Berardinelli, Reel Thoughts
"Epitaph for a Titan"
Roger Ebert Tribute: Hollywood Pays Their Respects To America's Film Critic In Chicago (VIDEO)
April 11th Tribute to Roger at the Chicago Theater