Not to be too trite here but can't resist hoping there is an afterlife with a screening room somewhere. Roger Ebert's death leaves many of us who have dabbled in film criticism, and film in general, reeling (pardon the expression). Though I suspect he was suffering, it's still very sad. He will be missed. I have disagreed with some of his reviews (naturally) over the years but always, always enjoyed his writing and his perspective. He was always accessible but smart. Very important figure in American film criticism. The balcony is closed.
Anyway, here are some links to more reading on the man as we mourn his passing:
Esquire profile of Roger Ebert (in the "Essentials" issue and essential reading).
Variety Staff remembers Ebert via pictures and clippings.
Roger Ebert's poignant essay in Salon from 2011, entitled "I do not fear death"
His book Your Movie Sucks which is far more enlightening than title would suggest.
"My Roger Ebert Story" (Will Leitch on Deadspin; link via Craig Minami).
The AV Club remembers: "Some thoughts on the death of Roger Ebert, a man who meant a lot to us."
Critic Dana Stevens shares Ebert's letter to her when she was a tween-ager.
One of the more touching Onion pieces: "Roger Ebert Hails Human Existence As 'A Triumph'".
And here's a video from Siskel and Ebert's 1997 season of At the Movies:
Siskel and Ebert, on the animated comedy The Critic:
Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert.