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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:21 AM
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What the hell happened to Roger Ebert?
I saw him earlier in an interview and he looks postively skeletal!! I hope this is not a result of illness, but rather weight loss through diet, exercise, surgery or whatever. He was nearly unrecognizable! He looked good, but not at all like he used to.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:21 AM
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1. He has cancer
Edited on Sat Feb-28-04 10:22 AM by SoCalDem
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:26 AM
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2. He does? Do you know more?
I thought he was intentionally losing weight.

Heavens, I hope he has a good prognosis...I still haven't gotten over the death of his former partner, Gene Siskal....

Though I don't always agree with his reviews, I have lots of respect for him, a rarity, I think, for film reviewers.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:27 AM
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3. I didn't realize he had cancer.
Sounds like his prognosis is pretty good, tho. Here's wishing him well. He and Siskel were a great pair!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:29 AM
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5. That article was written in April of 2002
so I don't know if it's returned or how he's doing.. He looks worse every time I see him...

I felt very bad abouot Gene Siskel too..They were a great pair :(
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:28 AM
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4. Just found it: thyroid cancer: prognosis though appears good.
http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/news/story.asp?news...

Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert will undergo radiation treatment for cancer next month.

The treatment will be for a cancerous tumor in Ebert's salivary gland, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in its Wednesday editions.

The 61-year-old critic underwent surgery twice in February 2002 for cancer in his thyroid and salivary gland.

He said treatment for the malignant tumor will begin later this month after he returns from a family trip to France.

"I will, however, continue to see movies, write reviews and do the 'Ebert & Roeper' television show," Ebert wrote in an e-mail message to friends on Tuesday. The treatments are a follow up to earlier surgery, and I look forward to a complete recovery; this is not considered to be a life-threatening form of cancer.

"P.S. By the way, my thyroid cancer has been completely vanquished."

Ebert said he has had a tumor in his salivary gland "in one form or another" for 16 years. He said the treatments will take 20 minutes a day, five days a week for eight weeks. (more)
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:33 AM
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6. And Gene Siskel died of a brain tumor
This, and Mel Gibson's "The Passion", is making me seriously reconsider watching movies in theaters again. Maybe it's that pseudo-butter they put on the popcorn.
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packerssuck Donating Member (165 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:09 AM
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7. He's still a bought off critic.
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