The beloved host of iconic gameshow “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account announced the news on Sunday morning, writing:
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 been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since announcing the news back in March 2019.
He introduced himself to U.S. audiences in 1973 when he hosted a new NBC show called “The Wizard of Odds.” That would lead to work on a variety of game shows … including “High Rollers” with his trademark curly hair and classic ‘stache and a brief fill-in stint for Chuck Woolery on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Then, when the “Jeopardy!” gig — a revival of the old show — came up, Alex got the call.
Trebek was a winner of 6 Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host and set a Guinness World record in June 2014 for most episodes (6,829) of a game show hosted.
And now, one last clue:
KNOWLEDGE for $1,000
“He nurtured a Television safe-space for smart people”
“Who was Alex Trebek (1940-2020) ?”
Farewell, patron saint of geeks. Jeopardy host since 1984 pic.twitter.com/RECC5zvFDN
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 8, 2020
This was last night. After winning Final Jeopardy, Burt Thakur told Alex Trebek that he’s the reason he learned English. Alex inspired so many hearts, and filled our lives with so much kindness and warmth. He will continue to inspire future generations! RIP #AlexTrebek #jeopardy pic.twitter.com/pMJvWrNSuK
— Hassan Chammout (@ChammoutHassan) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek was simply one of the greatest broadcasters in the history of the medium; the pinnacle of polished professionalism, yet still so warm that he felt like a family member. What a gift that we all had the opportunity to learn from his example.
— Adam Conover (@adamconover) November 8, 2020