Legendary gameshow host Alex Trebek passed away at his home in California early Sunday morning, surrounded by family and loved ones. Trebek, 80 had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer.
The death was made public by the official Twitter account for “Jeopardy!”. The post was as follows:
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”
Alex had been a staple within the gameshow world since he stepped onto the scene in 1984. Trebek had hosted more than 7,000 episodes of “Jeopardy!” since his premiere over thirty-five years ago.
His calm charm and wit was what made him so charming to millions of fans. Alex continued to host “Jeopardy!” to its 37th season, and he even shot the fantastic ‘Greatest of All Time’ tournament on prime-time television.
Trebek announced that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March of 2019. He started chemotherapy immediately and revealed that he had no plans to retire.
Trebek planned to host for as long as he could, and even joked, “Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years!”
Trebek maintained a positive outlook for not only himself but his wife and his fans, despite falling into a severe depression that made him question if it was worth fighting on. He stated that giving up would have been a betrayal to his wife, God, and other cancer patients.
Trebek was the winner of six Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host. In 2014 he passed “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker for the Guinness Book of Record for most episodes hosted (6,829).
Trebek was always noble and humble, in an interview with Harvey Lenin, he stated that he never viewed himself as the “star” of the “Jeopardy!”
Former “Jeopardy!” contestants reached out with the following tweets:
James Holzhauer wrote:
“It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life. You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex.”
Ken Jennings wrote:
“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.”
Brad Rutter wrote:
“Just gutted. There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything.”
Alex Trebek will be remembered by his wife Jean Currivan and their three children.
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