Alex Trebek, host of the popular US gameshow ‘Jeopardy!’ has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said a statement shared on the show’s Twitter account.
“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
While the cause of death was not immediately announced, it was revealed in March 2019 that Trebek was battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Despite his diagnosis, Trebek made no plans to retire and continued to host his game show.
For one whole year, he hosted the show while battling cancer and dealt with “massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on”. However, he continued on for his wife, God and other cancer patients.
He won six Daytime Emmy Awards, and even set a Guinness World record for the most episodes of a game show hosted.
Alex Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean, and their two children, Emily and Matthew.