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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 has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.