The renowned film critic Roger Ebert is in hospital with a broken hip, Chicago Sun-Times reports today (December 7, 2012). Doctors have told the press that Ebert – who has been reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for over 40 years - had fractured his hip after feeling “a sharp pain in his leg.” When the pain did not subside, he sought medical advice and after conducting tests, doctors discovered that it was fractured.

Ebert has confirmed via his Twitter page that although the hip is fractured, he is not expecting that it will need surgery. “Details to follow,” he ended his tweet. His wife Chaz Ebert also took to Twitter to update followers on her husband’s condition, saying “Roger in hospital with hip fracture (tricky disco dance moves) but he is doing well, asking for computer, will probably tweet.”

Roger has been reviewing movies for the Sun Times since 1967. In 1975, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He also reviewed movies on TV with Gene Siskel, until Siskel’s death in 1999. Ebert lost his ability to speak, after undergoing surgery for cancer. He is a popular blogger and writes about social issues, as well as the latest blockbusters. In 2007, he was labelled the most powerful pundit in the USA by Forbes magazine.