Alex Trebek Dead at 80
The legendary 'Jeopardy!' host had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer
Published Nov 08, 2020Alex Trebek, the veteran host of the television game show Jeopardy!, has passed away following a lengthy battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
News of Trebek's death was announced by the official Jeopardy! account on Twitter:
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 had hosted Jeopardy! since 1984. Over the years, he won seven Daytime Emmys for his work on the show. The series was recently announced to be returning with new host Ken Jennings.
Trebek's cancer fight was detailed in his recent memoir The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life, which was published earlier this year.
The veteran TV presenter was born George Alexander Trebek in Sudbury in 1940. He received a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa, but eventually made his way into television. Thanks to Jeopardy!, he holds the Guinness World Record for most episodes of a game show hosted, with 6,829 to his name.
He is survived by his wife and three children.