Alex Trebek – Host of ‘Jeopardy!, Dies at 80

Alex Trebek

Longtime Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He revealed on March 6, 2019, that though he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and vowed to beat it. A year later Trebek opened up about his cancer treatment and reflected on his life in his memoir The Answer Is…. Reflections in My Life released in July.

A native of Canada, Trebek became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998. He received the Daytime Emmy Award seven times for his work on Jeopardy!. He was married to Jean Currivan for thirty years and they had two children, Matthew and Emily.

Trebeck wrote he was proud he lived a “good, full life’ at 80-years-old and accomplished many things. “one thing they’re not going to say at my funeral as part of the eulogy is., “He has taken from us too soon.” He wrote. “I’m about to turn 80. I’ve lived a good, full life, and I’m nearing the end of it. I know that.”

Alex Trebek was the host of many tv game shows but hosted Jeopardy! for 36 years. His last day in the studio was October 29 and his taped episodes will run through Dec.25. No immediate plans have been made by Sony Pictures Entertainment to appoint his successor.

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