Skip to comments.Film critic Roger Ebert has lost his ability to speak, but still communicates
Posted on 02/16/2010 2:31:11 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
NEW YORK (AP) Film critic Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak nearly four years ago, when he underwent a tracheostomy, a procedure that opens an airway through an incision in the windpipe, after surgery for cancer in his jaw.
In an interview in the new issue of Esquire magazine, the 67-year-old film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times uses pen and paper and text-to-speech computer software to communicate. He's developed a kind of rudimentary sign language, and he sometimes draws letters with his finger on the palm of his hand.
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Any comment I might make would be in bad taste other than, I really miss Siskel.
Has he lost his ability to hate?
Did Siskel smoke or chew? Yikes. God Bless him.
Is that a real picture?
that’s what I wondered...did he just suck a lemon?
The caption within the link states it’s an “undated photo.”
It’s settled science.
If that is a real picture then wow. Just wow.
I mean no disrespect but he looks like those shriveled apple dolls. His politics suck but he doesn’t deserve this.
So this is what’s so embittered him?
Steven Hawkings comes to mind....
I don’t think so...it could have been photoshopped. Hope so for his sake...
Knew a fellow who looked quite similar to that for several years.
Oh my God - he looks horrible. He doesn’t even look like the same man. Sad.
It appears he had his lower jaw removed & my guess is if he can’t talk it is not from trach.. but that his tongue was also removed.
This is a very debilitating cancer if one opts for the surgical “corrections”
Many people have had trachs & can talk .. he may however have had his larynx removed also
That what you look like without a jaw. it’s real
It’s a shame to see. He answers letters in a column in the Metro. I like discussions of movies so much it’s hard to hate him, plus I guess I missed his worst remarks. I have to draw the line on politics at cancer. I wish him well and wish for cures of that disease.
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