Alex Trebek Dies After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer
November 8, 2020 – Longtime Jeopardy Game Show Host Alex Trebek! whose quick wit, dry humor, and celebration of intellect made him one of television’s most beloved icons, has passed away. The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to an official Jeopardy statement! Twitter feed.
“Peril! Is saddened to learn that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning surrounded by family and friends. Thank you Alex,” the tweet read.
Trebek, 80, was the host of Jeopardy! since its debut in 1984, and it has appeared in nearly 8,000 episodes. The show, in which the facts are revealed and the contestants ask the corresponding, specifically worded question, has become a cultural touchstone.
Trebek’s popularity and longevity on daytime television was unprecedented. In 2014, he received a Guinness World Record for most game shows hosted by the same presenter. In addition, he won five Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Host, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and, in 2011, a Peabody Award for “Encouraging, Celebrating and Recognizing Knowledge. “.
Trebek and Jeopardy! have been parodied on Saturday Night Live and many other shows and he has appeared as himself in over 70 movies and TV episodes, including The Simpsons, Short Cuts, and Charlie’s Angels. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on the Canadian Walk of Fame.
In a special announcement on March 6, 2019, Trebek revealed that he has pancreatic cancer.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” he said. He noted that the prognosis was not very encouraging, but that he would fight it. He ended the ad with his signature humor. “To be honest, I have to, because according to the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years, ”he said.
The announcement was greeted with a wave of love and support from fans around the world. Trebek followed up with an announcement on the show’s Twitter account thanking fans for their kind words, prayers and advice. “I am extremely touched by the warmth you expressed to me in your comments,” he said. “I am a lucky guy.”
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