Jeopardy’s Host, Alex Trebek Dies At 80

The beloved and one of the most revered American-Canadian Television Personality Alex Trebek lost his battle to Pancreatic Cancer and left the world at the age of 80. He hosted one of the most loved shows, “Jeopardy” for 36 years (since the year 1984).

The television personality was battling pancreatic cancer (Stage 4) and announced it back in March 2019. Though he started his chemotherapy right after the diagnosis but had no plans of retiring and thus continued to host his game show. 

But this didn’t stop Alex from hosting “Jeopardy,” and he recently came up with its 37th season even though he pointed out that surviving a second year with pancreatic cancer was just 7 percent. The episodes hosted by Alex will be on air through 25th December says, “Jeopardy.” His last day taping in the studio was dated October 29th.

There were many ups and downs after his initial diagnosis. Though he announced that his tumour had shrunk by more than 50 percent in May 2019, which obviously was a great sign of progress, things took a downturn, and he had to begin with another round of chemotherapy a few months later. Despite all of this, he chose to have a positive outlook towards things.

Alex began his career in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the year 1961 and reached the epitome of fame by hosting the popular “Reach for the Top” high school quiz show. He then introduced himself to the audience in the USA as he hosted the new NBC show named “the Wizard Of Odds” in 1973.

Alex was the winner of 6 Daytime Emmy Awards for an amazing game show host. He also successfully set a Guinness World record in June 2014 for the most number of episodes of a game show (6,829). As of now, “Jeopardy” producers are not announcing any new host. 

Trebek was born on 22nd July 1940 in Canada (Ontario) and was a philosophy major from the University Of Ottawa. In 1998 he became a naturalized citizen of the USA. 

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