Roger Ebert Smiled Right Before He Died, Plus, His Wife’s Touching Tribute

“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he [Roger Ebert] looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” Roger’s wife of 20 years, Chaz, said Thursday in a statement, shortly after news broke of his death. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”

But the loss of the iconic movie critic, 70, has understandably left Chaz “devastated,” as she refers to him as “my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner.”

“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 said. “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.”

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