Longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Has Died at 80

Longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Has Died at 80
  • Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has died at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
  • He was surrounded by family and friends, according to a tweet from the Jeopardy! account.
  • Trebek had hosted Jeopardy! since its revival in 1984, and was still recording new episodes.

    Alex Trebek, legendary host of television trivia game show Jeopardy! since 1984, has died at the age of 80. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.

    “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the Jeopardy! account tweeted. “Thank you, Alex.”

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    Trebek first announced his diagnosis with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in March 2019. Throughout his treatment, he provided fans with updates and helped other cancer patients deal with their own diagnoses. He also continued to film new episodes of Jeopardy!, including recent episodes with socially distanced health precautions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    When news of Trebek’s passing broke early Sunday afternoon, social media was flooded with heartfelt tributes to the legendary host.

    “Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle,” actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted. “He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.”

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    Late night host Jimmy Kimmel was also among the first celebrities to react. “Couldn’t we have one nice weekend? A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted,” he wrote. “Rest well, Mr. Trebek.”

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    Trebek is survived by his wife Jean and their children Nicky, Emily, and Matthew.


    Evan is an associate editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE.

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