Roger Ebert was my favourite movie editor. I didn't always share his taste but I almost always knew, after reading his reviews, whether I should go to a movie or not.
He died a few days ago which makes me sad. Not sad from the selfish point of view that I won't have his reviews any more, but sad because I won't be able to read his writing any more.
Here's a nice write up from the NYT about how he turned himself from a reviewing into a rather successful product: