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'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Dies at Age 80 of Pancreatic Cancer

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various things, including celebrities and entertainment.

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Alex Trebek, longtime host of ABC's Jeopardy! died at the age of 80 on Sunday, November 8, 2020. He had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer since March 2019. Jeopardy! tweeted the sad news to millions of viewers. The tweet indicated that Trebek passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home early Sunday morning. According to the tweet, Trebek was surrounded by family and friends.

Alex kept the public up to date about his health. On March 6, 2020, he shared a video of himself vowing to “fight” the disease and also to continue working on the game show until he couldn't work any longer. In the same video, he says the prayers of the public were helping, and he asked his fans to keep lifting him in prayer.

In May 2019, Trebek told People magazine that he was in “near remission,” according to his physicians. By the end of August, Trebek had completed his chemotherapy treatments. In a video, he announced that he was “on the mend.”

In September 2019, Trebek returned to Jeopardy! for the show’s 36th season. He announced that he had to undergo chemotherapy again.

Trebek was under contract to host the game show until 2022 when a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer came to an end.

Trebek's Other Illnesses

While hosting Jeopardy!, Trebek battled numerous health issues. He suffered two heart attacks, a knee replacement, a torn Achilles tendon, and blood clots on his brain.

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About Alex Trebek and His Long Career

George Alexander Trebek, known to millions as Alex Trebek, was born in Ontario, Canada on July 22, 1940. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998.

Trebek began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Company in 1961. Before beginning his role as host of Jeopardy! in 1984, he had already hosted a few other game shows. He became a household name and was best known because of his hosting role on Jeopardy!

Trebek has worked hard most of his life. His first job was when he was only 13 years old. He was a bellhop at the hotel where his father worked as a chef.

Trebek's Honors and Awards

Over Alex Trebek's long career, he has received many honors and awards in both Canada and the United States of America. Some of them include an honorary degree of Doctor of the University from the University of Ottawa and an honorary doctorate from Fordham University in New York. He has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the United States. The University of Ottawa has its alumni hall named in Trebek's honor. He also has a key to the city of Ottawa.

Alex received many honors and awards because of his hosting skills on Jeopardy! He was awarded seven Outstanding Game Show Host Emmy Awards in 1989, 1990, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2019, and 2020.

Trebek was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2011. He held a Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of a game show. Over 37 seasons, he hosted more than 8,200 episodes of Jeopardy! That is the most by a presenter of any single television game show, according to Sony Pictures.

Trebek's Family

Trebek leaves behind to mourn his death his wife Jean of 30 years. Trebek and Jean, 54, have two children: son Matthew, 29, and daughter Emily, 27.

Trebek adopted his first wife's daughter Nicky, 53, when he was married to businesswoman and a former Playboy Bunny Elaine Callei from 1974 to 1981.

The entertainment world as well as millions of Jeopardy! fans are saddened by Trebek's death, and condolences have begun to pour in for the beloved television icon. So far, condolences have come in from the Greatest of all Time contestant Ken Jennings, another contestant James Holzhauer, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

Fate of "Jeopardy!"

People might be wondering who will replace Alex Trebek as the host of Jeopardy! Representatives for the game show said in a statement that there will not be an announcement of a new host at this time.

Trebek's taped his last show in October. Since all episodes for the show were pre-recorded for Season 37, Trebek will still appear in 35 episodes posthumously through Christmas 2020.

Comments

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

Thank you for this. You did him justice.