Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has died after a battle with cancer
Alex Trebek, 80, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, November 8 after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The much-loved TV star hosted Jeopardy since 1984.
His spokesperson told TMZ: “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Alex shared his cancer diagnosis with fans in March last year, and explained that while the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only 7% he felt positive that he could beat the disease. He continued hosting the quiz show even while undergoing chemotherapy; indeed, even when Alex had to take some time off for his health in 2018, Jeopardy bosses refused to air the show with a guest host.
The TV icon first launched on to American screens in 1973 as host of NBC show The Wizard of Odds.
In his illustrious career, Alex won six Daytime Emmy Awards and set a Guinness World Record in June 2014 for the most episodes of a game show hosted.
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