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Film critic Roger Ebert is remembered on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 4.
Funeral services for famed movie critic Roger Ebert will be held Monday morning in Chicago, according to a post on his website, RogerEbert.com.
The services will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, located at 730 N. State St., and will begin at 10 a.m. The event will be open to fans, though seating is first come, first served. Donations to the Ebert Foundation -- c/o Northern Trust, 50 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, 60603 -- are requested in place of flowers. The organization is a non-profit that supports arts and education programs.
Ebert died on Thursday, April 4 at age 70. Earlier in the week, he posted on his blog that he was taking a "leave of presence" for his health. The "painful fracture" he had turned out to be cancer, he revealed. The legendary critic was first diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2002. The following year, he underwent surgery for cancer in his salivary gland. Further procedures to remove cancerous tissue included removal of some of his jawbone.
Ebert was the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years. He and fellow critic Gene Siskel made popular the "thumbs up, thumbs down" quick review. Ebert also wrote books and screenplays, and was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Chaz, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
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