Roger Ebert shared a moment with his wife Chaz just before his death on Thursday, according to People Magazine. “We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” said Roger’s wife of 20 years.
Chaz is “devastated” by the loss of her 70-year-old husband. She calls the late Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, “my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner.”
Chaz went on to express just how much her husband meant to her.
“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,” she wrote in a statement. “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.”
Ebert announced on his blog on Tuesday that his cancer had returned. In the blog, he also celebrated his 46th anniversary as a film critic.
The former “At the Movies” host is survived by two stepchildren and four grandchildren. He “just yesterday was saying how his grandchildren were ‘the best things in my life,’ ” says his wife. “He was happy and radiating satisfaction over the outpouring of responses to his blog about his 46th year as a film critic.”
Roger had battled illness for 11 years, “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,” says the wife of the icon.
“We are touched by all the kindness and the outpouring of love we’ve received,” Chaz wrote to Ebert’s fans. “And I want to echo what Roger said in his last blog, thank you for going on this journey with us.”
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