Movie critic Roger Ebert, who embraced Twitter in the later years of his life to reach his many fans, has died at the age of 70, and Twitter is reacting to the loss of one of the site’s most beloved entertainment tweeters.
Roger Ebert rhapsodized about Twitter, a service of which he grew fond in his late 60s, and the film critic said back in 2011 of his tweeting habits:
I don’t make any claims for Twitter. It suits my circumstances. It can occupy way too much time. But there’s something seductive about it: The stream, the flow, the chatter, the sudden bursts of news, the snark, the gossip, time itself tweet-tweet-tweeting away.
Many film luminaries reacted to Roger Ebert’s death on Twitter, and even the President of the United States quickly responded to Ebert’s passing, saying:
“The movies won’t be the same without Roger.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 4, 2013
Ebert’s home paper tweeted a few hours ago to announce the critic’s death:
It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away
— Suntimes (@Suntimes) April 4, 2013
Some reactions were philosophical:
There will never be another @ebertchicago tweet.
— Mike Monteiro (@Mike_FTW) April 5, 2013
RIP Roger #Ebert. We lost a passionate and broad minded force for cinema of all shapes sizes and genres. A fine courageous writer and man
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 5, 2013
I’m saddened by the death of dear, longtime friend, film critic Roger Ebert. He will be missed.
— Hugh Hefner (@hughhefner) April 5, 2013
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— John Cusack (@johncusack) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert, you always were two thumbs up in my book. Rest with the stars, friend.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 4, 2013
How did your Twitter react to Roger Ebert’s passing?