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Alex Trebek, whose decades as host of the show Jeopardy! made him one of the most popular stars on American television, who died on Sunday at the age of 80.
— TMZ (@TMZ) November 8, 2020
Trebek had fought a very public battle against pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, but continued to record his program until recently.
His death was announced on Twitter by the Jeopardy! Who said Trebek “died peacefully at home this morning, surrounded by family and friends” and added:
“Thank you, Alex”.
CNN media analyst Brian Stelter described Trebek as “the greatest game show host of his generation …
Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered condolences to the Canadian-born Trebek family.
“We lost an icon,” he said. “For over three decades, Alex Trebek has entertained and raised millions of people around the world almost every night, instilling a love of anecdotes to so many of us.”
Trebek, who became a US citizen in 1998, had Jeopardy! since 1984.
A 36 year race
Previously, he hosted other game shows such as Double Dare and Classic Concentration, as well as the National Geographic Bee, for 25 years.
But it was his time at Jeopardy! – a 36-year-old almost unheard of by television standards – and his clear intelligence, gentlemanly serenity and devious good humor, which earned him the immortal devotion of millions of viewers.
He has also won numerous awards. Trebek was a five-time Emmy Prize winner during the day. He had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was so immersed in American popular culture that Trebek – or his imitators – appeared in numerous films and TV shows; Comedian Will Ferrell played it on Saturday Night Live; He even made headlines by shaving his signature mustache.
Sometimes two or even three generations of viewers would gather in front of TVs to watch it.
One candidate, Burt Thakur, wept over a recent episode as he told Trebek how he saw the show on his grandfather’s lap as a young child in India.
“I learned English thanks to you. And so, my grandfather, who raised me – I’m going to have tears now – I sat on his lap and watched you day after day.”
Trebek received a spate of supportive mail after announcing his Stage 4 cancer: “I’m going to fight this,” he told fans. Many wrote to tell him that they were inspired by his struggle.
He had previously had health problems including two heart attacks and a major car accident, but he kept coming back.
George Alexander Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Her father was a Ukrainian immigrant; Her mother is a French-speaking Canadian.
As a philosophy graduate, he worked for Société Radio-Canada in 1961. In 1966 he held a high school quiz.
Trebek moved to the United States in 1973 to host a new NBC game show, The Wizard of Odds.
He took the reins of danger! 1984 when one of his friends, the original host Art Fleming, refused to return.
According to Variety, Trebek held the record of 6,829 for most game show episodes hosted by the same host.
“You work hard, you do your best,” he said with typical humility at an awards ceremony.
He and his wife Jean Currivan have two children.