Source: Sony Pictures Television (Information):
Los Angeles, California: Longtime “Jeopardy” host, Alex Trebek, has died on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer.
In a statement, Sony Pictures Television said Alex Trebek died at home early Sunday with family and friends surrounding him, “Jeopardy!”
For nearly four decades, with style and a sense of humor, Alex Trebek was the man with all the answers who asked for questions and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most game show episodes hosted by the same person.
Alex Trebek was a master of the format, engaging in friendly banter with contestants and appearing genuinely pleased when they answered correctly. Alex Trebek was also able to move the game along in a brisk no-nonsense fashion whenever people struggled for answers.
Alex Trebek has won seven Daytime Emmys for his work on the show and received a lifetime achievement Emmy award in 2011.
Alex Trebek had served as the face of the game show since its debut in daytime syndication in 1984. With more than 8,200 episodes under his belt, he holds the Guinness World Record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter.
A native of Greater Sudbury, Canada, Alex Trebek began his career as a television and radio newscaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Moving to the U.S. in 1973, he appeared on “The Wizard of Odds,” “Classic Concentration,” “To Tell the Truth,” “High Rollers,” “The $128,000 Question” and “Double Dare.”
In March of 2019, Alex Trebek had announced his diagnosis in a video message released on “Jeopardy” social media accounts.
According to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, afflicting an estimated 50,000 Americans each year. Depending on how advanced the cancer is, treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The stage 4 designation indicates that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Alex Trebek underwent surgery to remove blood clots on his brain in December 2017 but resumed taping new episodes of “Jeopardy” the next month. He said at the time that he had been diagnosed with subdural hematoma attributed to a fall he suffered earlier in the year.
Alex Trebek is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and children Matthew, Emily, and Nicky.
Alex Trebek’s family has announced no plans for a service, but gifts in his memory could go to World Vision.
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Alex Trebek; he will be missed by many.