Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the iconic television game show Jeopardy!, has died at the age of 80.
The Canadian-born personality, who hosted the massively popular show since 1984, passed away at his home following his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s Twitter account said. “Thank you, Alex.”
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
The host revealed his diagnosis in March of 2019 but opted to continue filming the show despite undergoing chemotherapy.
Fans of the show reacted to the devastating news by sending their well-wishes to Trebek’s family and remarking on the host’s impact on their lives.
“This one’s tough. Grew up watching with my family, now with my wife – even went to a taping a few years ago,” popular YouTuber jacksfilms wrote. “Trebek made it look easy, and it’s impossible to imagine anyone else at the helm.”
This one's tough. Grew up watching with my family, now with my wife – even went to a taping a few years ago. Trebek made it look easy, and it's impossible to imagine anyone else at the helm. https://t.co/wHkshD9vxj
— jacksfilms (@jacksfilms) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek is one of those folks who seemed permanent, like they’d always been there and always would be. I will miss him very much.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) November 8, 2020
I feel this all over again.
Rest in Heaven Alex Trebek. 🥺😩 pic.twitter.com/KWa6BCgGHb
— Ruff Worlock (@DRE3K) November 8, 2020
Trebek got his start in 1961 as a news broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and hosted numerous game shows in the U.S. before landing the role of Jeopardy! host.
Since becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1998, Trebek had won six Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host.
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