Tragedy as Film critic and English teacher, James Rocchi dies at 53

James Rocchi Cause of Death – Passed Away: James Rocchi has passed away. He was 53 years old. James Rocchi, a prominent film critic, who later became an English teacher tragically passed away on Sunday morning after suffering from a heart attack. Scott Weinberg, a movie critic shared the passing of James Rocchi on Twitter.

“Just spoke with James’ wife. he checked himself into the hospital with chest pains last night. had a heart attack at 4 am and nothing could be done. 53 years old. I am heartbroken, and angry, and devastated. one of the best people I’ve ever known,” Scott Weinberg wrote on Twitter.

Rocchi graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in English/History in 1992. He started freelance writing in 1996. Rocchi worked as a film critic and reporter; On-Camera Interviewer at MSN from 2008 – 2013 and as an Educator at Los Angeles Unified School District. He was a freelancer for TheWrap, L.A. Times, IndieWire, The Guardian (UK),,,,, Mother Jones, The Toronto Star, and many more.

LA Film Critics wrote on Twitter, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of our former member James Rocchi, a wonderful critic, a sharp wit and a generous friend. He used to say, “I write about movies. Which means, really, I get to write about everything.” He did so beautifully.”

A film critic is a person who views and analyzes the various elements of a film, like character and plot development, performance, cinematography, directing, editing, and writing.

James Rocchi obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by his family.

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