Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Dead at Age 80
It is with great sadness ComingSoon.net brings word (via CNN) that long-running Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80. The show’s Twitter account shared that the beloved host “passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
The cause of death was not immediately announced, though Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which was met with endless love and support from fans all over the world.
After working as a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Trebek switched careers and began hosting game shows in 1966, beginning with a quiz show titled Reach for the Top followed by another a few years later called Jackpot. In 1984, Trebek was chosen by producer/host Merv Griffin to emcee Jeopardy! which was paired with Wheel of Fortune.
Trebek won six Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He also received the Guinness World Record in 2014 for passing Bob Barker, host of The Price is Right, for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter. At the time, Trebek had hosted 6,829 episodes. During the announcement, Trebek said: “This is special in the fact that I’ve been around for a long time, and I’ve had the good fortune to be associated with a good program like Jeopardy!”
Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean, and their two children, Emily and Matthew.
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