"I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state," he wrote. "I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting."
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies at age 70 →
a brave inspiration, he told The Associated Press in an email in January 2011 that bravery and courage "have little to do with it."