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Before Roger Ebert passed away last Thursday, he had asked his wife, Chaz, to tweet for him.

Before Roger Ebert passed away last Thursday, he had asked his wife, Chaz, to tweet for him.

Ebert had cultivated a new online voice after losing his own, and his presence will live on—on Twitter, at least. Late Wednesday, his wife used @ebertchicago to thank well-wishers. 

Ebert also asked RogerEbert.com editor Jim Emerson to continue posting updates and sharing them with @ebertchicago's 843,000 followers. 

On his acclaimed account (we deemed him the sixth-most-important Twitter user of 2011), Ebert mused about celebrities, current affairs, and life beyond movies. More than that, he used it as a way to communicate directly with readers.

It's wonderful that @ebertchicago will live on. But sadly, we'll be missing insights like this:

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