Chaz Ebert on husband Roger's death: "I've lost the love of my life"

"And the world has lost a visionary and a creative and generous spirit," she added

By Katie McDonough

Published April 5, 2013 6:34PM (EDT)

     (Chicago Sun-Times)
(Chicago Sun-Times)

Chaz Ebert, television producer and widow of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, released a statement on Thursday addressing the loss of her husband and their life together. It is really, really lovely.

In it, Ebert mourned the loss of "my husband, my friend, my confidant and oh-so-brilliant partner," adding:

He fought a courageous fight. I've lost the love of my life and the world has lost a visionary and a creative and generous spirit who touched so many people all over the world. We had a lovely, lovely life together, more beautiful and epic than a movie. It had its highs and the lows, but was always experienced with good humor, grace and a deep abiding love for each other.

And, just because, here's Roger on wife Chaz in a blog post from 2012:

This woman never lost her love, and when it was necessary she forced me to want to live. She was always there believing I could do it, and her love was like a wind forcing me back from the grave ... I will be with her, strengthened by her example. She continues to make my life possible, and her presence fills me with love and a deep security. That's what a marriage is for. Now I know.

Katie McDonough

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