Hazard! Host Alex Trebek dies on the age of 80
After a long, very public battle with pancreatic cancer, it's Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek has died. He was 80 years old. According to a statement by the official Jeopardy! Twitter, Trebek passed home peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
The popular game show host, whose sense of worldliness and intelligence had become a hallmark of the show since its revival in 1984, succumbed to the disease on November 8th. Back in July, Trebek published a paper he wrote during the COVID-19 lockdown, entitled The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life.
Trebek was born in Ontario, Canada and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1998. He studied philosophy in school and aspired to become a broadcast journalist. However, Trebek got involved in game show hosting very early in his career, with several programs before Jeopardy! These include Canada's Music Hop, Reach for the Top, Strategy, The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare by CBS, The $ 128,000 Question, High Rollers, Battlestars, The New Battlestars, the Defunct Pitfall and NBC's Lucky Numbers.
Not until Merv Griffin revived Jeopardy! (which was previously hosted by Art Fleming from 1964 to 1975 and restarted at NBC with Fleming on board from 1978 to 1979) that Trebek would establish itself as a permanent host and producer. Even so, he continued to experiment with other programs, including Classic Concentration, which brought him back together with Mark Goodson after working together on Double Dare and To Tell the Truth.
During his time at Jeopardy !, Trebek became famous for his talent for accents, his signature mustache and his encyclopedic knowledge of world history and culture.
In 2014, Alex Trebek became the Guinness World Record holder for most game show episodes hosted by the same host when he made his 6,829. Episode of Jeopardy!
Trebek also played a bit as himself – or as a parody version of himself – in shows like Cheers, Rugrats, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Nanny, The Golden Girls, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons, and so on over the course of his fame Orange is the new black, to name a few. Trevor won several Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Jeopardy! and even received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Emmys in 2011. He had previously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.
He was also active in philanthropy, donating money to educational institutions such as his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. He also traveled with the USO and bestowed his talents on literacy competitions for children such as the National Geographic Bee.
When Trebek announced his diagnosis of stage fourth pancreatic cancer to the world in early 2019, Trebek vowed to fight for his life even though the odds were stacked against him.
"Usually the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I will fight against it and keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers too, I plan to beat the low survival statistics for this disease." he said in a video address to fans. "To be honest, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract I have to host Jeopardy for another three years! So help me. Keep the faith and we will win. We will make it." Many thanks."
Of his legacy, Trebek said: "I hope I have been an influence for the good and an influence for the benefit, not to minimize the importance of knowledge in your own life. The advantages of knowledge. Even if you won't use a." A certain piece of knowledge, information that you acquire – even if you don't use it in your daily life, work life or whatever – it becomes part of you and it enriches you and makes you a better person and I think more that Understand people. "
Trebek previously survived two minor heart attacks and a subdural hematoma. He is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan-Trebek, and two children, Matthew and Emily.
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