Alex Trebek, beloved ‘Jeopardy!’ host, dies at 80
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years. He was 80.
Trebek died at home early Sunday with family and friends surrounding him, "Jeopardy!" studio Sony said in a statement.
He had publicly announced his diagnosis with advanced pancreatic cancer in March 2019.
The show also shared the news on Twitter, writing "“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”
Trebek presided over the beloved quiz show for more than 30 years.
He was a master of the format, engaging in friendly banter with contestants and appearing genuinely pleased when they answered correctly.
He was also able to move the game along in a brisk no-nonsense fashion whenever people struggled for answers.
The Canadian-born Trebek was more than qualified for the job, having started his game show career on "Reach for the Top" in his native country.
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."
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