Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the answer-and-question game show Jeopardy! has died at age 80, according to a statement from the show. “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the statement posted on Twitter read.
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
Trebek was born in Sudbury, Canada, on July 22nd, 1940. His career began at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1961. He moved to the US in the 1970s where he hosted game shows including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, The $128,000 Question, and The New High Rollers before he landed the Jeopardy! hosting gig in 1984.
Trebek was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, which he announced in March 2019, not long after he renewed his contract to host the show through 2022. He underwent chemotherapy treatment but continued to appear on Jeopardy! He hosted more than 7,000 episodes of the show.
“Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this,” Trebek said in 2019. “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.”