Game Show Host Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80 after a public battle with Pancreatic Cancer. With his earnest but kind demeanor, Trebek presided over the hit show ‘Jeopardy’ for more than three decades. Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek had all the answers on the popular game show. The revamped version of Jeopardy was an instant hit when it debuted in 1984. With its distinctive answer-and-question format, the syndicated game show made the Canadian born Trebek a star. The long running game show earned him five daytime Emmy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Game Show Host from the Television Academy.
“Jeopardy” wasn’t his only gig. The Husband and Father of three also hosted “The National Geography Bee” for 25 years. The talented host became a US Citizen in 1998 and was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year. In the middle of “Jeopardy’s” eighteenth Season, Trebek made headlines when he shaved his signature mustache. He told Larry King it was all on a whim.
Family and fans both took notice when Trebek suffered through some health scares. There were two mild heart attacks. One in 2007, and another five years later. In 2017, Surgeons removed blood clots from his brain. Then in 2019 this announcement to fans: “This week I was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this.” Trebek often gave back to his community and was a strong supporter for charities such as World Vision, the USO, and the National Geographic Education Foundation.
The affable host was grateful for his rich television career and kept it all in perspective. Trebek saying: “When I leave, somebody younger will be doing the show and it will carry on. Shows have a life that is independent of their hosts. That doesn’t mean that they won’t miss the host, but they’ll develop an allegiance to the new guy and that’s the way it should be because it’s a quality program.” Even though the show must go on, Alex Trebek will be forever remembered as the irreplaceable host of Jeopardy.