Rest in Peace, Alex Trebek: Legendary ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Dies at 80 After Cancer Battle


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Alex Trebek, one of the most beloved television hosts of all-time known for his wit and humor hosting Jeopardy! for decades, has died at the age of 80.

The news was confirmed by the show’s social media pages on Sunday, noting that Trebek passed earlier in the morning:

A special program titled Alex Trebek Remembered: A 20/20 Special aired on Sunday evening and is available to watch via Hulu — click here for that.

Trebek announced last year that he was undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, an announcement that shocked many. In that May 2019 announcement video, Trebek vowed to fight his condition and sought to continue hosting Jeopardy! despite it:

That’s who Alex Trebek was. A fighter, a source of resilience and personality even when dealing with the most serious of circumstances.

Per Variety, Sony has confirmed that “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Trebek will air through Dec. 25, and his last day in the studio was Oct. 29. “Jeopardy!” is not announcing plans for a new host at this time.

Per NBC News:

“Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards described Trebek’s death as an “enormous loss” for the show’s crew in a statement on Sunday. The producer said it was an incredible honor to work beside Trebek in the past year and a half as the host continued to work on the show despite his diagnosis.

“His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen,” Richards said. “His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

May Alex Trebek rest in peace.

Comments

  • Rebecca Strange says:

    Alex Trebek has been a part of my life for 41 years. I watched Jeopardy almost every day and loved his sense of humor. When he announced that he had cancer, it was very hard to take. I had hopes that he would get through it, but deep down, I think I knew what was going to happen in the end. Both of my parents died of cancer, five years apart. So, I kind of knew what was going to happen, unfortunately. I can only hope that he is now at peace and no longer suffering. I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Alex.

  • DENIEL EDWARDS says:

    CANCER IS A EVIL DISEASE ALEX WAS A CLASS ACT SO MANY PEOPLE GONE 80 IS NOT THAT OLD IN 2020 AND HE LOOKED IN GOOD SHAPE. LIFE IS A MYSTERY, RIP


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