Monday, November 9, 2020, brought great loss to the world as the announcement came that Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek had passed away. Trebek was surrounded by his wife and loved ones when he passed. He was 80 years old.
Trebek revealed on-air that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019. He vowed to fight the disease at that time. Although a cause of death has not been released, reports state that Trebek enjoyed his final days of life.
Trebek hosted Jeopardy! For more than 37 seasons, during which time he filmed more than 8,200 episodes of the game show. Merv Griffin selected Trebek to host the show in 1984. Before accepting the gig as Jeopardy! host, Trebek worked as a journalist before hosting two other game shows.
Over the years, Jeopardy! and Trebek was nominated for numerous awards for the answer in the form of a question game show. He took home five Emmys over the years for ‘Best Daytime Game Show Host.’ He won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Trebek even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records (surpassing Bob Barker) as the person who’s hosted the most number of game show episodes.
He loved Jeopardy! as much as the world loved watching the show. He hinted around that he might retire in 2018, but nonetheless signed a contract to host the show until 2022. His last day in the studio taping was on October 29, although episodes featuring Trebek will air until the end of December.
Sony Pictures released a statement saying they have not considered a replacement for Trebek at this time.
Apart from his celeb status, Trebek was an avid philanthropist who helped many organizations in every way that he could. He took part in a USO Tour, visiting US troops overseas. He also served as a spokesperson for various organizations, including WorldVision.
Although Trebek will be sadly missed, the world does have special memories of the game show host who somehow captured all of our hearts every evening as we played along with the show. Alex Trebek brought information, knowledge, fun, and of course, money, into the homes and lives of so many people for so many amazing years. And it is those memories that so many of us will cherish forever. Long live Alex Trebek!