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His wife, Chaz Ebert, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her husband was doing much better and “doctors are making assessments” about when he could leave the hospital.

Mr. Ebert then posted on Twitter that he does not need surgery.

Mrs. Ebert tweeted earlier in the day that her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband was doing well and “asking for computer, will probably tweet.” She jokingly attributed the fracture to “tricky disco dance moves.”

The 70-year-old Chicago Sun-Times film critic has had health problems over the last several years. He has battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost his ability to speak and eat after cancer surgeries.

Alicia Keys raises $1.3M for AIDS relief charity

During the auction portion of Alicia Keys‘ Black Ball Redux, one man was ready to jump his bid from $100,000 to $250,000 for a trip to South Africa — if Miss Keys would join him and his friends.

“I’ll go for a little more,” Miss Keys said Thursday night at the Apollo Theater in New York, where her charity’s annual gala was held.

The man — pharmaceutical billionaire Stewart Rahr — didn’t raise his bid, but he later pledged $1 million to Keep a Child Alive, helping the R&B singer raise more than $1.3 million.

Miss Keys‘ charity assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Thursday’s event originally was planned for Nov. 1, but was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.

“There are places in the world where Keep a Child Alive serves where they have a Hurricane Sandy every day,” Miss Keys said in an interview on the red carpet. “They don’t have electricity, they don’t have heat … and that made me more invigorated to make sure this Black Ball happened.”

Miss Keys honored Oprah Winfrey at the event for the entrepreneur’s philanthropic efforts, including her school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which launched in 2007.

“It’s a universal truth, Oprah makes change happen,” Miss Keys said.

Miss Winfrey said she was honored to receive an award from Miss Keys, and that it confirms she’s “moving in the right direction.”

“You try to keep a child alive and I try to educate them as best as I can,” Miss Winfrey said onstage.

Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo also was honored and she joined Miss Keys onstage for some upbeat, drum-filled numbers.

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