Roger Ebert, the prominent American film critic who came under fire for comments he made about the recently deceased Ryan Dunn, has had his Facebook page deleted. Roger Ebert angered fans of the reality star by tweeting "Friends don't let Jackasses drink and drive" just hours after news of Dunn's death began to circulate.
It appears as though the 69-year-old received some highly critical messages on his Facebook page, prompting the social networking site to shut down his profile. Speaking on Twitter today (21st June 2011), Ebert said, "Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks". Shortly after his initial comment about Dunn, the critic attempted to defend himself adding, ".He drank, he drove, 2 people died". Although the 'Jackass' star was pictured drinking with friends just hours before the crash, police have not confirmed alcohol was involved. Users attempting to reach Ebert's Facebook page are now being redirected to the site's home page. The critic appeared furious at the decision, tweeting, "Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad".
Roger Ebert, who was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, is the first film critic to win a PULITZER PRIZE.