TV icon had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since march 2019
Alex Trebek, the revered and beloved “Jeopardy!” host since 1984, passed away peacefully at home early Sunday morning surrounded by family and friends. He was 80 years old.
The TV icon had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since announcing the news almost two years ago.
Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since the syndicated debut of America’s Favorite Quiz Show in 1984.
He had become one of television’s most enduring and iconic figures, engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his impeccable delivery of “answers and questions.”
Alex Trebek Emmy Award
In June 2020, Trebek won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, bringing his total to seven; he also has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He has been honored with a Guinness World Records record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter: he has hosted more than 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy!.
In 2013, he was named a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he and Jeopardy! were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Trebek and Jeopardy! received a 2011 Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.”
I think what makes Jeopardy! special is that among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned a degree in philosophy.
After university, Trebek worked for the CBC, covering national news and special events for radio and television. He made his American television debut in 1973 as the host of NBC’s game show “Wizard of Odds,” and after several other hosting roles, he became the host of Jeopardy!
In 2017, Trebek was named an officer of the Order of Canada, his native country’s second-highest civilian honor. He is one of the few celebrities to have been honored with a coveted star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame.
In March 2019, Trebek announced that he had pancreatic cancer. Since the announcement, he has undergone treatment while continuing to host Jeopardy!, inspiring millions with his upbeat and candid messages about his health.
Trebek published a best-selling book in July 2020, “The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.” He will donate all his proceeds from the book to charity.
Trebek and Jean resided in Los Angeles. They have two adult children: Emily, a real estate developer in Los Angeles, and Matthew, the owner of OSO, a Mexican restaurant, and Lucille’s, a restaurant/bar, both in Harlem, New York.