Alex Trebek, who will most be remembered for hosting the popular game show series Jeopardy!, has died. He was 80.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the game show tweeted Sunday.
Trebek opened up about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis for the first time publicly in March 2019, and frequently followed up with video messages taped on the Jeopardy! set, keeping loyal viewers and fans abreast on the latest news regarding his health.
The host revealed he had stage 4 cancer, which indicated that the illness was no longer localized and had spread throughout the body.
“I’m gonna fight this, and I’m gonna keep working,” Trebek said when he first disclosed the news of his diagnosis. “And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
In August 2019, he said he finished several rounds of chemotherapy treatments and was in near remission. The following month, Trebek announced that he will have to receive additional chemo treatments, saying his previous update “was a bit premature and certainly over-optimistic.”
Trebek was married for almost 30 years to Jean Currivan, who was 24 years his junior, leading Trebek to joke to People magazine in 2019, “If I’d just met Jean in my 20s we could have had a longer life together… I guess if I’d met her when I was in my 20s she wouldn’t have been born yet.”
This is truly sad “Jeopardy” has been a mainstay in so many household for decades. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
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