Alex Trebek, the beloved Jeopardy! game show host, has died at 80.
He served nearly 10,000 episodes of the hugely popular game show and even held the Guinness World Record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter since June 13, 2014.
Earlier in 2019, Trebek announced that he was battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and said to USA Today that he has “lived a good life, a full life” and admitted that he was “nearing the end of that life,”
The official social media account for Jeopardy! announced the saddening news, saying, “Jeopardy! saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
In July this year, he announced during an interview with Good Morning America that he wanted someone younger to replace him on the game show, saying, “I joke with the audience all the time and I say, ‘Betty White‘ because they want somebody younger, somebody funnier,”
Trebek‘s final episode will air on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 – and episode that was filmed on October 29, just weeks before he passed away.
Rest in Peace.
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