Siegel, movie critic, dies of colon cancer at age 63

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NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Siegel, a longtime movie critic for “Good Morning America” who was famous for his weekly, often humorous reviews, died yesterday , ABC officials said. He was 63.

Mr. Siegel, who got his start at the network by working for New York affiliate WABC-TV, had colon cancer, the station said.

Joel was an important part of ABC News and we will miss him,” ABC News President David Westin said. “He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter. But much more, he was our dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel’s family.”

Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV, said Mr. Siegel loved to poke fun at uninspiring movies.

“No one had more fun writing about a bad movie than Joel,” Mr. Davis said.

In addition to five New York Emmy Awards, Mr. Siegel received a public-service award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, and was honored by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for general excellence in individual reporting.

Survivors include his son, Dylan, and wife, Ena Swansea.

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