We've lost one of the best film critics and writers of all time.
Rather than recap the details of his life, please do yourself a favor and read the story as told by the man himself.
He's left behind a treasure trove of reviews, essays, and journal entries, each of which is well worth checking out. Unfortunately, as of this writing, Ebert's website, which was set to relaunch next Tuesday, appears to be overwhelmed with traffic. We encourage you to read his reviews and essays once the site is back up an running (a personal favorite is "Blackie come home," which is still working as of this posting).
You can browse the rest of Mr. Ebert's published works on Amazon.