The host of the American show Jeopardy, Alex Trebek, died on November 8, 2020, after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer since announcing the news in March 2019
The presenter announced in March 2019 that he had received the diagnosis of his illness. He was 80 years old.
“Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at his home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thanks Alex ”, tweeted the official account of the famous show Jeopardy.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
The Jeopardy program worked for more than 30 years as the presenter of this famous conference program in which knowledge on a variety of topics such as history, literature, culture, among others, is tested.
Trebek, hosted the famous question-and-answer program since its revival in 1984. The original original was born in 1964 and was on the air three more times, before the 1980s.
His fame passed to television series and movies, being a reference in different chapters. He appeared for example in the famous Nanny series and he himself appeared several times on The Simpsons.
He has also been part of Saturday Night Live parodies . One of the films where he appears is in Before Departing, in which two terminally ill cancer patients make a list of things to do before they die. The protagonists are Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson), a conceited millionaire while Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman), a modest mechanic.
In a conversation while in Paris, Edward is in a tub while watching the show directed by Trebek.
The iconic host held the world record for the most episodes of a TV game show hosted by the same host.
Last September, the show celebrated 36 years of life, and Trebek published a book of his memoirs, T he Answer Is… .: Reflections of My Life (The answer is…: Reflections of my life) last July.
The only time someone else hosted an episode of “Jeopardy!” It was when he swapped his role with Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak as part of a joke on April Fools’ Day in the US in April.
“Jeopardy!”, Viewed by some 24 million people each week, was renewed for the 2022-2023 season, and Trebek had a contract through 2021-2022.