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Respected film critic Siegel dies
Joel Siegel
Siegel was married to artist Ena Swansea
US film critic Joel Siegel, known for his often humorous reviews on Good Morning America, has died from colon cancer at the age of 63.

Siegel had worked for the ABC network morning show since 1981.

"He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter," said ABC News president David Westin.

The president and general manager of New York affiliate WABC-TV, Dave Davis, added: "No one had more fun writing about a bad movie than Joel."

'Wildly funny'

A graduate of the University of California, Siegel joined WCBS-TV in 1972 as a reporter, and also had his own radio show.

He joined WABC four years later, becoming the resident film critic, before joining ABC's flagship morning show as its entertainment editor.

He was married to artist Ena Swansea, and they had one son.

Good Morning America host Diane Sawyer said: "He was a gladiator - brave, wildly funny, passionate about Dylan, Ena and his family - and completely in love with every new day.

"Film critic may have been his job description - what he really did was tell us about the wonder and heartbreak of life."

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