09:06 PM EDT 11/26/2014
Originally posted 04/03/2013 11:25AM
Veteran Chicago Sun-Times and At the Movies critic Roger Ebert says his cancer has returned and that he will take what he calls a "leave of presence" from his popular blog and film reviews, according to his Roger Ebert Journal.
On Wednesday, the 70-year-old marked his 46th anniversary reviewing movies for the Sun-Times. He writes that his cancer was discovered during an examination for a hip fracture in December, and he is now receiving radiation treatments.
Ebert lost his ability to speak and eat in 2002 after previous surgeries for thyroid and salivary gland cancer and significant facial reconstruction on a collapsed jaw. He did not go into details about his latest bout with the disease, saying he would still write reviews occasionally, but that others from a "talented team of writers hand-picked and greatly admired by me" would continue to pen the bulk of the paper's film criticism.
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