Legendary Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Dies At 80
The longtime game show host had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80. Trebek had been suffering from pancreatic cancer since early 2019 but continued to host the show during his treatment.
The official Jeopardy Twitter account confirmed the news, saying Trebek passed away at his home early this morning with family and friends by his side.
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, and the show has often been ranked as one of the best game shows of all time. Though not the original host of the show, he was, by far, its longest-serving host.
Legendary Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings spoke on Trebek's death, calling him the "best ever" host and a "lovely and deeply decent man."
Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020
A number of Jeopardy video game adaptions have been made over the years, often featuring Trebek's likeness. Gaming has often been featured in the series' categories, as well, including The Last of Us 2 earlier this year.
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