RIP ALEX TREBEK: Longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ host dies

Alex Trebek, the legendary host of “Jeopardy!” for 36 years has died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

 

Alex Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984 which included more than 8,200 episodes across 37 seasons of the game show. In that time, Trebek became a beloved figure to viewers of the nightly show and gained a cult-like fanbase across the globe. He was seen as a comforting presence on TV and became known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Trebek became a pop culture icon, often attracting attention via social media and being portrayed by Will Ferrell in a well-remembered Saturday Night Live sketch.

 

News of the death of the Canadian-born American host was made on Sunday afternoon via the official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account.

 

‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the tweet read.

 

Trebek announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and would undergo treatment. Nearly 20 months later he would succumb to the illness.

 

The TV icon had his last day in the studio on October 29, with new “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Trebek continuing to air through December 25.

 

Throughout his career, Trebek won five Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host and even achieved a Guinness World Record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same person.

 

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