Alex Trebek, longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ host, succumbs to cancer

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Beloved game show icon Alex Trebek, the longtime host of "Jeopardy!" died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 80.

LOS ANGELES — Beloved game show icon Alex Trebek, the longtime host of “Jeopardy!” died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 80.

Trebek was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in March 2019. He taped his final shows in August 2020.

“‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” said a statement issued by the game show’s production company.

Trebek, the Sudbury, Ontario-born host who began hosting the trivia-based game show in 1984, became a U.S. citizen in 1998.

“Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” he said at the time of his diagnosis. “And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

Trebek is survived by his wife of 30 years and three children.

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