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Fans throng to funeral of film critic Roger Ebert


Chicago (AP) -- Friends and fans of acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert are lining up for his funeral outside a Catholic church in a rain-soaked downtown Chicago.


Matt Fagerholm arrived Monday at 3:30 a.m. to stake out his place at the head of the line. The 27-year-old film critic for the website says he feels like another painter might have felt when Picasso died.


Ebert's funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday at Holy Name Cathedral. The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie reviewer died Thursday at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years. The funeral is open to friends and fans, but there will be limited seating.


About 40 people are outside the church, some with umbrellas.

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