“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek passed away Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the iconic game show’s official Twitter account confirmed. (RELATED: ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Reveals Impact Alex Trebek Had On His Life In Heart-Warming Moment)
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 announced his diagnosis in March 2019, but reassured the audience that he would continue to host the show as long as he was able. “Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years!” he joked.
Trebek won six Daytime Emmy Awards for “outstanding game show host” over the course of 37 years. He even set a Guinness World record in June 2014 for most hosting the most episodes of a game show: 6,829.
The outpouring of love in Trebek’s memory began as soon as the news of his passing broke.
My early love for history and trivia came through watching Jeopardy! with my mom when I was young.
Remember the night I answered more questions than her for the first time.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 8, 2020
What is, a very fine human. RIP Alex Trebek. https://t.co/t31eJqNqH5
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 8, 2020
One of my favorite shows and he was the reason. RIP Alex Trebek, a true king who found his glory???? https://t.co/5wvBAKCnHr
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 8, 2020
I’ll take LEGEND for $500, Alex.
Rest in peace Alex Trebek ❤️
— dakotaz (@dakotaz) November 8, 2020
One thing we can all agree on is how loved Alex Trebek was. He will be remembered for his kindness, and being a warrior in his fight battling cancer.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 8, 2020
He handled pancreatic cancer with courage, grace and wit. … Who was Alex Trebek? #RIP
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 8, 2020
Resharing one of Alex Trebek’s final moments from @Jeopardy, as it paints a picture of his impact on countless people and families.
RIP to a true inspiration. pic.twitter.com/Vv9WF5qKwB
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 8, 2020