The long time host of Jeopardy, the American television quiz show, Alex Trebek, has died at the age of 80. Trebek made an announcement back in the month of March of the year 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
The official Twitter account of The Jeopardy! said on Sunday that he had passed away peacefully at his home. It added that he was surrounded by his family and friends. He had been hosting the show, Jeopardy, since the year 1984, and he had received numerous awards and honors for his work.
Sony Pictures, the producer of Jeopardy, led a tribute to the legend and wrote in a statement, “For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of entertainment and escape at the end of a hard, long day for millions of people around the world.”
Alex Trebek: Jeopardy! Host Passes Away
He was known for his charisma and sharp wit, and he became the face of the show during his three decades on the show, turning the show into a ratings smash hit.
We would also like to tell you that he fronted more than 8200 episodes of the popular quiz show, which made him among the most well-known people on television in Canada and the United States.
He set a Guinness World Record in the year 2014 for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter.
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
Alex Trebek had vowed to continue presenting the show while receiving treatment, including chemotherapy for his stage four pancreatic cancer. He was contracted to host Jeopardy until the year 2022.
The presenter said in a video statement in a typically light-hearted tone that he had no choice but to beat the cancer due to his contractual obligations. He was candid about his medical treatment and was regularly updating fans on his condition.
Alex said in a statement that was released by Jeopardy in the month of July that he is optimistic about his current plan and thank them for their concerns. He was surprised by Jean, his second wife, and his children, Emily, Nicky, and Matthew.
Buzzy Cohen, the former Jeopardy contestant, was among the first people to pay tribute to the presenter. He tweeted that it is absolutely heartbreaking to lose someone who meant so much to so many. Even if this show had not changed his life in many ways, this loss would be immeasurable.