The late Roger Ebert (1942-2013) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and television personality who also battled cancer for several years.
His first experience with the disease took place in 2002, when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which led to surgical removal of his thyroid and some affected lymph nodes, followed by radioactive iodine therapy. However, Ebert was again found to have cancer in 2003, as the disorder was discovered in his salivary gland--and another instance of the disease was found in his jaw in 2006. The 2006 diagnosis required a tracheostomy--an incision in the windpipe--which left Ebert unable to speak. He also lost a portion of his jaw, leaving him unable to eat or drink.
Ebert suffered a fractured hip in December 2012, and during a related examination was found to have again developed cancer; he announced the finding via his blog on April 2, 2013.
The veteran film critic died the next day. (Credit: AP)