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Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Renowned film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70, according to the The Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert reviewed movies for the newspaper for more than four decades, and on TV for three decades, the Sun-Times wrote. In 2002, Ebert began a battle with thyroid cancer, and later lost the ability to speak and eat after undergoing surgery to remove part of his lower jaw. But through it all, he showed resilience, continuing to publish movie reviews, as well as a cookbook. Earlier this week, Ebert had said he was facing a recurrence of his cancer.

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Rachael Rettner

Rachael is a Live Science contributor, and was a former channel editor and senior writer for Live Science between 2010 and 2022. She has a master's degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a B.S. in molecular biology and an M.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has appeared in Scienceline, The Washington Post and Scientific American.