Legendary  “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek dies at age 80 following pancreatic cancer battle. His last day in the studio was Oct. 29; final show scheduled for Dec. 25.

Legendary “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek dies at age 80 following pancreatic cancer battle. His last day in the studio was Oct. 29; final show scheduled for Dec. 25.

From Jeopardy! (click for more): Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. He was 80 years old. Alex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and he continued to host Jeopardy! for the next 18 months. Throughout that time, Alex was open and public about his battle with cancer. Jeopardy! episodes hosted by Alex will air through Dec, 25 (his last day in the studio was Oct. 29). The show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time.

From NBC:¬†Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, adored by generations of trivia mavens who instinctively shout out questions to answers, died on Sunday following his battle with cancer. He was 80.

The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account confirmed the news, adding that he was surrounded by friends and family as he died at home in the early morning.

“Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards described Trebek’s death as an “enormous loss” for the show’s crew in a statement on Sunday. The producer said it was an incredible honor to work beside Trebek in the past year and a half as the host continued to work on the show despite his diagnosis.

“His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen,” Richards said. “His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

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