Fans and family of Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and long-time movie critic, gathered at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral this morning to pay their respects to the fallen film critic. Ebert, 70, died Thursday after losing his life to the disease he had battled so bravely.
Ebert’s wife and attorney, Chaz, spoke at the services and described Roger as “a soldier for social justice”, according to the Associated Press. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also spoke, describing Ebert as a generous caring man “whose name was synonymous with two things: the movies and Chicago”.
A memorial service is planned for this Thursday at the Chicago Theater. The public is welcome to attend, but seating is limited and must be reserved.