Alex Trebek dies: ‘Jeopardy’ host mourned as tributes pour

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Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, a longtime host of Jeopardy, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, and died at his home on Saturday, a spokesperson confirmed. He was 80 years old.

Trebek suffered from his illness since March 2019 but kept working on his show, where he has a contract until 2022. He taped his appearances last Oct. 29 for episodes that run until the end of December.



The host said that working and interacting with the contestants, as well as the crew, helped him cope with his cancer. According to Deadline, he hosted more than 8,200 episodes of the popular game show, setting off a Guinness World Record.

As news of his death came, previous winners and fans, including VIPs, posted their condolences on Twitter.

“The show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time,” Sony Pictures said in a statement

Born in Sudbury, Canada in 1940, Trebek started his broadcasting career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation while studying at the Ottawa College. He hosted different game shows on CBC and worked as an announcer on daily afternoon programs.

In 1973, Trebek became the host of an NBC game show, The Wizards of Odds, which lasted for one season. He started hosting Jeopardy in the 1980s and earned several Emmy Awards for his work in the popular series.

“We are a show that comes into your home every day that doesn’t disturb you,” the host said in 2007. “It’s the kind of program you can watch with every member of your family. There’s something for kids, there’s something for the grandparents in terms of clues, everyone can play. You can spend a half hour together without feeling you have to flee the room to watch your own show.”

Alex Trebek is survived by his wife Jean Currivan and children Emily and Matthew.

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