Actors, directors and film critics have gathered in Chicago to honor the late movie critic Roger Ebert.

Roger Ebert (Frazer Harrison, Getty Images)

The movie reviewer's widow, Chaz Ebert, welcomed her husband's fans to the Chicago Theatre on Thursday, and remembered him as a father, friend, humanitarian and journalist.

A choir began the memorial by singing "Roger Ebert, we will always love you."

Actors John Cusack and Chris Tucker were to speak at the event, called "Roger Ebert: A Celebration of Life," along with Ebert's friends and family.

The acclaimed critic died April 4 at age 70 after a years-long battle with cancer. The day before his death, Ebert wrote in a post on his blog that he was taking a break from his schedule of almost-daily movie reviewing because the cancer had recurred.


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