Alex Trebek – the revered and beloved “Jeopardy! Host since 1984, whose calm but spiritual presence was the go-to television for millions of Americans – has died… TMZ has learned. A “Jeopardy! The spokesperson told TMZ: “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. “ The TV icon has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since the news broke in March 2019. He immediately began chemotherapy after diagnosis, but did not plan to retire and continued to animate his game show… as impressive as ever. Trebek survived for a year – despite what he called “massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting” – because he said he realized that to give up life would be a betrayal of his wife, God and other cancer patients. He stressed that the odds of surviving a second year with pancreatic cancer were only 7%, but he hoped he would be able to celebrate this milestone as well. Unfortunately, it took a turn for the worse. Alex continued to host “Jeopardy! … He recently started his 37th season, and earlier this year he filmed the epic “Greatest of All Time” tournament on prime-time television.
” Peril! Says the episodes hosted by Alex will air until December 25. Her last studio recording day was October 29. The executive producer of shows, Mike RichardsSays: “Working alongside him for a year and a half as he heroically continued to host ‘Jeopardy!’ was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring display of courage I have ever seen. “ After his initial diagnosis, Alex experienced several ups and downs. In May 2019, he announced that his tumors had shrunk by more than 50 percent, obviously a big sign of progress, but his numbers were down and he started another round of chemotherapy a few months later. Yet he maintained a vision positive … and did much good throughout his ordeal. Her soothing and reassuring voice was on display when he announced have cancer. Trebek – who signed to animate the show until 2022 – joked: “The truth said, I must do it!” Because according to the terms of my contract, I have to host »Jeopardy! For another three years! “ His commitment to the game show went both ways. When Alex took a brief sick leave in 2018 to blood clot surgery on his brain after a bad fall, “Jeopardy! Has never aired episodes with a guest host. He also suffered mild heart attacks in 2007 and 2012. Alex began his CBC career in 1961 when he broke the news and quickly gained fame after hosting the high school trivia game, Reaching the Top. He introduced himself to the American public in 1973 when he hosted a new show on NBC called “The Wizard of Odds.” This would lead to work on a variety of game shows… including “High Rollers” with her curly hair and classic stache and a brief replacement stint for Chuck Woolery on “Wheel of Fortune”. Then when the “Jeopardy! Concert – a revival of the old show – came, Alex got the call. The show gained immense popularity with Alex at the helm… dominating the evening game show with “Wheel”. Alex – winner of 6 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host of a Game Show – set a Guinness World Record in June 2014 for most episodes (6,829) of an organized game show. Despite his unprecedented and extremely successful run, Alex never considered himself a celebrity or the “star” of the series. He said as much to Harvey Levin for an episode on “Objectified”.
Alex also told Levin that he is seriously considering retiring before signing a contract extension. He seemed serious at the time … 2 potential replacements: LA Kings Announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates. Important to note… “Jeopardy! The producers say they are not announcing a new host at this time. Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Ontario, Canada. He majored in philosophy at the University of Ottawa, but had serious ambitions for a career in television. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1998, but not before leading the Olympic torch in 1996 while on its way to Atlanta.
Alex – who was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017 for his iconic accomplishments – has married Elaine Kares in 1974 and they divorced in 1981. He married again in 1990… this time Jean Currivan, with whom he had 2 children … Matthieu and Emilie. He was 80 years old. TEAR