He fronted thousands of episodes of the popular quiz show, making him among the most well-known people on television in the United States and Canada. The beloved Jeopardy! host died on November 8 after battling pancreatic cancer. The game show host released a video that his cancer battle was going well, and he looked forward to Season 36 of his show.
However, in March past year, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. The two celebrities had little in common except their fame and a fictional antagonist relationship created over almost a decade of Saturday Night Live skits featuring Darrell Hammond's Connery needling and insulting Will Ferrell's Trebek on Celebrity Jeopardy! The show will continue to air new episodes as scheduled, with Trebek's last episode airing on December 25.
"Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends", the show's official Twitter account shared. He was open about his prognosis and grueling treatment throughout, particularly how his battle affected his work duties.
Trebek began hinting it might be time to retire in 2018, before agreeing to sign one last contract extension, which was to run through 2022.
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Alex Trebek, the genial "Jeopardy!" host with all the answers and a reassuring presence in the TV game-show landscape for five decades, has died. He was very handy.
On Instagram, White - who became Sajak's cohost in 1982 - said she'd "cherish the many memories" she shared with Trebek. "He wasn't in pain".
"He was coherent, he wasn't in pain and the fact that he had a nice, final day makes all of us in the 'Jeopardy!' family feel much better", he concluded.
Alex Trebek's wife and daughter have been seen in public for the first time following his devastating death.