R.I.P., Alex Trebek — Beloved ‘Jeopardy’ Host Dead at Age 80
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of longtime 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek. The show made the announcement this afternoon on its Twitter page, saying, "Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends."
Take a look at some of Trebek's funnier moments on 'Jeopardy!' in the clip below from ABC News.
Trebek shared the news that he'd been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in March of 2019. His outlook on life remained positive right up until the end.
“I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life,” he told USA Today.
Trebek began hosting the popular answer and question show in 1984. In 2014, he broke the Guinness record for the number of gameshow episodes hosted by the same person. Bob Barker had previously held the record for 'The Price is Right.'
There's a beautiful quote from Trebek on the Jeopardy website:
“I think what makes ‘Jeopardy’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning.”
If you're looking for a good book, let me recommend 'The Answer is ...: Reflections on My Life.' The Alex Trebek autobiography, released earlier this year, is a great read -- and a sometimes funny, and always personal look into Trebek's life through his own eyes.
R.I.P., Mr. Trebek. And thank you for the many hours of enjoyment you have provided.