The beloved “Jeopardy!” host had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March 2019.
Alex Trebek, one of the most revered and beloved television personalities of all time, has died after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, as reported by TMZ. He was 80 years old.
The “Jeopardy!” host became an icon over 36 years as the calming presence in the middle of one of television’s most challenging game shows. Even after revealing his cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment, Trebek announced he had no plans to retire and even returned to work.
Despite “massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on,” the beloved host persevered against the odds, kicking off his 37th season on the show and helming the prime-time special “Greatest of All Time” tournament.
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
While Trebek knew that statistics and the odds were against him surviving two years beyond his diagnosis, he was determined to try and beat those odds. In May 2019, he announced his tumors were reduced more than 50 percent, a promising sign.
Through health ups and downs, he always put out a positive public outlook, even going so far as to joke he had no choice but to beat cancer.
“Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years!” he said back in 2019. His contract was set to run through 2022.
Hollywood began sharing its sorrow across social media, mourning the iconic Trebek for his strength of will and character, as well as their appreciation for all that he gave to the world.
The “Greatest of All Time” contestants, Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter, also shared their grief and sorrow at the loss of the man who changed their lives and made them household names.
Fans were also sharing some of the show’s most memorable classic moments, like the man who teared up sharing the story of how it was Trebek and “Jeopardy!” who taught him English, and the man who got Trebek to tear up shortly after his diagnosis with a sweet Final Jeopardy message.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Trebek. 😞 https://t.co/6S5WTIqiRs
— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) November 8, 2020
Remember this moment with Alex Trebek and @dhruvg_?
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 8, 2020
Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family—which, in a way, included millions of us.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020
Alex was so much more than a host. He was an impartial arbiter of truth and facts in a world that needs exactly that. He was someone you could count on to entertain you every weekday, even when his health barely allowed it. And he was an underrated rapper: pic.twitter.com/ybvp7RlvjH
— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 8, 2020
Just gutted. There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything. https://t.co/4FMlgaFYvI
— Brad Rutter (@bradrutter) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 8, 2020
The answer is….. THANK YOU! Alex Trebek. You were grace and guts and humor and deep love.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) November 8, 2020
— Sherri Shepherd (@sherrieshepherd) November 8, 2020
The only reason I went super early to the 2019 @DaytimeEmmys was in hopes of meeting Mr. Alex Trebek — it was a thrill to meet him and thank him for all the years of entertainment.. He was a gem and a gentleman.. condolences to his family and fans. #alextrebek pic.twitter.com/t8KyyTlDCR
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) November 8, 2020
I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek, you brought us so much knowledge, both important and fun, through the years. Your final battle with cancer was heroic, and we are heartbroken that it has taken you from us. I’ll take “Great TV Personas of Our Time” for $800. The heavens have all the answers now.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 8, 2020
Awww man, this is really sad news. So brave in his fight. A true legend. What is, RIP Alex. https://t.co/FxLyvl3EX5
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek was like a family member who I watched every night. I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career. He was a big influence and one of a kind. Rest In Peace, Alex. https://t.co/B9wq95uRg4
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) November 8, 2020
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 8, 2020
Oh no https://t.co/rdGlxMgqpb
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 8, 2020
Couldn't we have one nice weekend? A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek. https://t.co/Zq7RN6kSKk
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 8, 2020
— Joey Lauren Adams (@JoeyLaurenAdams) November 8, 2020
And this is why it is time to turn back to LOVE.
Our lives are brief.
Love endures and is really all that matters.
RIP who is Alex Trebek. https://t.co/94Dnrvc9BB
— Marcia Cross (@ReallyMarcia) November 8, 2020
Deeply sad news. So many of us grew up with Alex Trebek on our TVs. He was like part of the family. RIP and deepest condolences to his family. https://t.co/jDPCkzAm3F
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) November 8, 2020
What a great guy my condolences. An 😇got his wings! https://t.co/02AsD70vG4
— Patti Stanger (@pattistanger) November 8, 2020
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 8, 2020
— Mario Lopez (@mariolopezviva) November 8, 2020
Oh no. Oh this is too sad. Thank you for entertaining us all these years, Alex. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/42gPH2n5Aj
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 8, 2020
— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 8, 2020
This MF year. Heartbroken. — Alex Trebek Dead at 80 After Battling Pancreatic Cancer https://t.co/tIU0rUbjDJ
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 8, 2020
RIP #AlexTrebek 💗 what an icon
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) November 8, 2020
Omg no! 😞 RIP 🙏🏽 https://t.co/I1YETENAeY
— Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) November 8, 2020
— Alex Winter 😷 (@Winter) November 8, 2020
So sad. Thinking of the Trebek family and all his loved ones.🙏🏾 https://t.co/CGwQydOS1Z
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) November 8, 2020
I was blown away at his raw honesty about his cancer.
What a hero. https://t.co/Qx2wQYMZOH
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 8, 2020
So saddened to hear Alex Trebek has died. It was an honor to share the dinner hour with him. He fought his cancer battle valiantly.
— David Muir (@DavidMuir) November 8, 2020
What a loss for all of us. RIP, Alex. Thank you. https://t.co/6wpuoxgeTm
— Charlie Carver (@Charlie_Carver) November 8, 2020
there are actually no words for this heartbreak but what! a! life! and what an absolute fight he gave. rest in peace to an absolute legend. https://t.co/lDoEqBWYEn
— rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) November 8, 2020
Thank you, Alex. https://t.co/0ChGPYVHtr
— dan levy (@danjlevy) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 8, 2020