Roger Ebert: Praised as hero at funeral
CHICAGO (AP) -- Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert has been praised at his funeral as a hero to his profession, a champion for the little guy and a visionary.
Ebert was remembered Monday at a downtown Chicago church. He died April 4 after a long battle with cancer.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ebert's former Chicago Sun-Times boss John Barron spoke at the funeral. Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert, also spoke, remembering her late husband as a "soldier for social justice."
Jonathan Jackson read statements from his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and filmmaker Spike Lee.
The service had funny and serious moments. Emanuel joked that Ebert saw bad movies so the rest of us wouldn't have to.
There will be another chance for the public to pay tribute to Ebert. Organizers are planning a memorial for Thursday evening at the Chicago Theater. It will include music, moments from the TV show "At the Movies" and personal tributes.
Thursday's memorial is open to the public, but seating must be reserved in advance. Organizers request the public email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
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