As many of us saw this coming, it’s still a surprise to hear, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has died of Pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
A spokesperson for the popular game show had this to say:“Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.” with the show posting this on Twitter:
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
Back in March of 2019 Trebek revealed that he was battling with stage 4 pancreatic cancer saying this last October: “I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life,” He started chemo shortly after, yet still continued to host the show. He was the host of Jeopardy! since the show’s premiere in 1984 which provided him 5 Daytime Emmy Awards.
He also received a Peabody award in 2011 for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge,” making Jeopardy! the only post-1960’s game show to gain such an honor. As of June of 2014 Trebek broke Bob Barker’s Guinness World Record for the most episodes of a game show hosted by the same presenter. Trebek hosted 6,829 episodes of Jeopardy.
On the Jeopardy! website, the home page shows a quote from the show’s famous host: “I think what makes Jeopardy special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning.”
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