Updated 04/08/13 – 11:45 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds gathered at Holy Name Cathedral on Monday to say a final farewell to Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports many mourners arrived as early as 3 a.m., to wait in the pouring rain for a seat inside the cathedral for the 10 a.m. service.
The cathedral, which seats about 1,500 people, was filled for the service. While the first few rows were reserved for the family, the rest of the pews were filled by fans on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ebert had battled with thyroid and salivary gland cancer. Even after surgery for his cancer cost him his voice, he continued writing reviews and other personal features on a wide variety of subjects on his blog.