The world has lost a legend.
Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the game show Jeopardy!, passed away over the weekend at the age of 80, Variety reported.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show tweeted on Sunday. “Thank you, Alex.”
An American icon
Although his official cause of death has not yet been made public, Trebek had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer since March of 2019, according to The Hill. He valiantly fought the disease for over a year-and-a-half, continuing to tape Jeopardy! episodes as he did so.
In October, Trebek told USA Today, “I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life.”
Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for over three-and-a-half decades. During that time, he hosted over 8,000 episodes, setting a Guinness Record and winning five Emmy Awards in the process, Variety reported.
What makes Jeopardy! special
On Jeopardy!, Trebek would provide a clue in the form of an answer, and then three contestants would battle it out to provide the question that led to that response. The first contestant to successfully do so is awarded a sum of money based on the difficulty of the clue, and wrong “answers” result in a loss. The contestant with the most money at the end of the show is declared the winner.
Trebek explained in 2012: “What makes ‘Jeopardy’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to encourage learning. A lot of the stuff is trivia, but maybe a subject will come up that will arouse the viewers’ curiosity.”
The show, with Trebek at the helm, outlasted more than 300 competing game shows over the years, and Trebek has achieved legendary status in the United States, although he was actually born in Canada.
Trebek didn’t move to the United States until 1973, and he made appearances on The Wizard of Odds, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth, High Rollers, The $128,000 Question, and Double Dare before becoming the host of Jeopardy!, according to Breitbart.
The loss of a legend
Trebek’s death is being mourned and his life is being celebrated by his many fans not only in America but across the globe.
Jeopardy! episodes hosted by Trebek will air through Dec. 25, The Wrap reports. Although it hasn’t been announced who the next host will be, one thing is certain: the show will never be the same without Trebek.