Alex Trebek, the longtime host of “Jeopardy!” has died at age 80.
“’Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show posted on Twitter.
Trebek, a native of Canada, began his long career in the United States in the 1970s hosting game shows including “The Wizard of Odds,” “Double Dare,” “The $128,000 Question,” and “The New High Rollers” before he landed “Jeopardy!” in 1984.
He went on to host more than 7,000 episodes of the popular gameshow and won five daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host. In 2011, he was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a lifetime achievement award.
Trebek announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He had very recently renewed his contract to host “Jeopardy!” through 2022. He publicly stated he was determined to fight despite the grim prognosis, and said he was certain he could beat the statistics with the love, support and prayers of his family, friends and fans.
“Jeopardy!” plans to continue airing his last episodes through Christmas Day.