Roger Ebert, the award-winning critic who died of cancer on Thursday (April 4), is being laid to rest on Monday, April 8 in his hometown of Chicago. Because the man was so influential on many, the memorial service for Ebert is being livestreamed for viewers around the world.
While the funeral was open to the public, there will also be a memorial tribute of some sort on the coming Thursday (April 11).
Although he had battled cancer for several years before his death at the age of 70, Ebert’s death came as a shock only shortly after announcing he would be cutting back his workload due to illness. The critic’s film reviews and cultural commentary — over the years, sent out to the world via newspaper, television, radio, the Internet and even Twitter — won’t easily find a replacement.
The winner of a 1975 Pulitzer Prize for his film criticism in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert was perhaps best-known for co-hosting the television program, “At the Movies,” with critics Gene Siskel and later Richard Roeper. The familiar phrase, “two thumbs up,” gained popularity through this show’s mark of a positive review.