The famed movie critic died in Chicago on April 4, just two days after announcing on his website that he was taking a "leave of presence" from his career. His death, at age 70, followed years of health problems, including a thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2002 that led to the loss of his voice. He had recently learned that the cancer was back, but he had big plans to expand his brand in the future. "Thank you for going on this journey with me," he wrote on April 2. "I'll see you at the movies."