Hollywood reacts to the death of film critic Roger Ebert

Death of Roger Ebert elicits wide reaction

Famous fans of film critic Roger Ebert are reacting to the news of his death .

 "I am devastated by the loss of my love, Roger -- my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner of over 20 years. 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. 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's wife, Chaz Ebert, in a statement posted on her husband's blog.

"Roger loved movies. They were his life. His reviews went far deeper than simply thumbs up or thumbs down. He wrote with passion through a real knowledge of film and film history, and in doing so, helped many movies find their audiences. Along with Gene Shalit, Joel Siegel, and of course Gene Siskel, Roger put television criticism on the map. Roger's passing is virtually the end of an era and now the balcony is closed forever." -- Movie director Steven Spielberg.

"Roger and Gene (Siskel) together again. End of an era."  -- Oprah Winfrey on Twitter.

"Roger Ebert was one of the great champions of freedom of artistic expression. When the power of independent film was still unknown and few would support it, Roger was there for our artists. His personal passion for cinema was boundless, and that is sure to be his legacy for generations to come." -- Robert Redford, actor and founder of the Sundance Institute, in a statement.
"Roger Ebert championed the art of the moving image, and by the courage of his personal example demonstrated how much movies matter." -- American Film Institute President and CEO Bob Gazzale, in a statement.
 "We lost a thoughtful writer, I remember my first review from him, pi (I got his and Siskel's thumbs) it was a career highlight." -- Darren Aronofsky, who directed the 1998 movie "Pi," wrote on Twitter.
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