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Longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek dead at 80

By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the TV gameshow “Jeopardy!” for more than three decades, died Sunday, according to news reports. 

Trebek was 80 years old and had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

News of Trebek’s death was first reported by the entertainment news outlet TMZ. Sony Picture Studios later confirmed the news.

Trebek reportedly passed away at his home while surrounded by his family.

The television icon hosted the immensely popular show since 1984 and recently began filming the 37th season, reports said. His last day in the studio was October 29, and his final episodes will air through December 25th, TMZ reports. Trebek was signed to host the show through 2022.

The unflappable host was known for his quick wit, fatherly tone and his ease with difficult pronunciations of obscure and foreign terms. He was known for often correcting the contestants.

Trebek announced his cancer diagnosis in March 2019 but continued to host the show and gave regular updates to his fans about his prognosis.

In May 2019 he said his tumors shrank by more than half but he continued chemotherapy a few months later after suffering a setback.

For more than a year, Trebek maintained a positive face despite realizing he only had a 7 percent chance of survival. Earlier this year he hosted the “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy! tournament, which featured the biggest cash winners in the show’s history.

Trebek began his TV career as a newscaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1961, reports said. His introduction to gameshows came when he hosted a high school quiz show, “Reach for the Top.”

The U.S. television audience got their first glimpse of Trebek in 1973 when he hosted a new NBC show called “The Wizard of Odds.”