Joe Barber, who parlayed an omnivorous appetite for movies and the Washington arts scene into a long career as an entertainment critic for local broadcasting and print outlets, was found dead Monday at his home in the District. He was 53.

Determination of the cause of death is pending further tests, said Beverly Fields, spokeswoman for the D.C. medical examiner’s office. Barber had diabetes and was in failing health, said Jim Farley, vice president of news and programming at WTOP radio, where Barber served as entertainment editor since 1997.

Barber had also been a panelist on WETA TV’s arts review program “Around Town.”