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Roger Ebert to Have Growth Removed (AP) ...~~~I am having surgery to remove a malignant tumor in my thyroid gland,~~~ Ebert said in a statement.......Siskel died of complications from brain surgery at age 53 in 1999.... - Feb 21 4:22 PM ET


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Posted on: 02/22/2002

Thu Feb 21, 4:22 PM ET

CHICAGO (AP) - Film critic Roger Ebert will undergo surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland.

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The operation for the Chicago Sun-Times movie reviewer is scheduled for Friday, the paper reported Thursday.

"I am having surgery to remove a malignant tumor in my thyroid gland," Ebert said in a statement. "I am told this type of tumor is slow-growing and not aggressive, and that my prognosis is excellent for a quick and complete recovery."

Ebert, 59, bounced back quickly from a similar procedure in 1987.

He said programs for his nationally broadcast "Ebert & Roeper and the Movies" television show have been taped in advance and he hoped to return to work without missing a movie.

"Roger was in high spirits and prime form," Richard Roeper said. "He was passionate about his Oscar selections for the special, combative and feisty when we disagreed about new movies for the review shows — and he was telling his usual corny jokes during breaks."

Ebert has been a film critic at the Sun-Times since 1967. He and rival Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel launched their movie review show in 1975 — the same year Ebert won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Siskel died of complications from brain surgery at age 53 in 1999. Roeper, a Sun-Times columnist since 1987, permanently joined Ebert on the show about two years ago.




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