Alex Trebek, host of ‘Jeopardy’, dies after cancer battle

Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, has died. He was 80.

Trebek, who was a long time host of the beloved television show, had been battling pancreatic cancer.

A spokesperson for the show said “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

Trebek shared his stage 4 diagnosis on the show back in March 2019 and was undergoing chemotherapy to treat it.

He continued his hosting duties for a full year, even while battling the illness and “massive attacks of great depression” that he said made him wonder if it was worth fighting.

When he shared his cancer diagnosis, Trebek’s sense of humour helped to ease the devastating news when he said “Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years!”