April 25, 2007 | celebrity | editor | 0 Comments

This is news to me but apparently film critic Roger Ebert had cancer and things didn't go well, and now he looks like Darth Vader without the mask.  In anticipation of what will be said about him when he attends a Chicago film festival this weekend, Ebert explains his condition:

What happened was, cancer of the salivary gland spread to my right lower jaw. A segment of the mandible was removed. Two operations to replace the missing segment were unsuccessful, both leading to unanticipated bleeding.A tracheostomy was necessary so, for the time being, I cannot speak. I make do with written notes and a lot of hand waving and eye-rolling. The doctors now plan an approach that does not involve the risk of unplanned bleeding. If all goes well, my speech will be restored.

I need to go finish screaming.  Brb.

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