Alex Trebek – “Jeopardy!” host since 1984, whose calm but witty presence is the must-watch television of millions of Americans – has passed away … TMZ has learned.
A “Jeopardy!” “Jeopardy was deeply saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home earlier this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the spokesman told TMZ.
The TV icon has had to fight stage 4 pancreatic cancer since the news announcement returned in March 2019. He immediately started chemotherapy after he was diagnosed but didn’t have one. To retire and continue hosting his games … as impressively as ever.
Trebek has stood for a whole year – despite what he calls “massive attacks of major depression that make me wonder if it’s really worth fighting” – because he says he realizing that giving up on life would be a betrayal of his wife, God, and other cancer patients.
He points out that the second year survival rate with pancreatic cancer is just 7%, but he hopes he can celebrate that milestone too. Sadly, he turned in a worse direction.
Alex continues to host “Jeopardy!” … recently started his 37th season and earlier this year, he filmed the most epic tournament of all time on television in prime time.
“Risk!” said episodes hosted by Alex will air through December 25. The last day he recorded in the studio was October 29.
The producer runs the program, Mike Richardssaid, “Working alongside him for the past year and a half as he continues to host” Jeopardy! “Bravely is an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level is the most inspirational proof of his heart. brave I have ever seen. “
After the initial diagnosis, Alex had some ups and downs. In May 2019, he announced his tumor was narrower than 50 percent, obviously a big sign of progress, but his numbers dropped and he started another chemo a few months later. However, he still maintains one positive outlook … and did Lots of good things during my challenge.
His soft and reassuring voice is displayed when he announces Cancer. Trebek – who signed it hold an event by 2022 – jokingly, “Truth be told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to hold ‘Jeopardy!’ in three years! “
Your commitment to the game show is a two-way street. When Alex took a short medical leave in 2018 to take surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain after a nasty fall, “Jeopardy!” never air episodes with a guest host. He also had a mild heart attack in 2007 and 2012.
Alex began his career at Canada Broadcasting Corporation in 1961 announcing this news, and quickly rose to fame after hosting a quiz show in high school, “Reach for the Top.”
He introduced himself to US audiences in 1973 when he hosted the new NBC show “The Wizard of Odds.” That would lead to joining various game shows … including “High Rollers” with his signature curly hair and classic ‘stache and the short information filling time for Chuck Woolery on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Then when “Jeopardy!” The performer – a revival of the old show – appeared, Alex received the call.
The show gained wide popularity with Alex at the helm … dominating the evening TV game alongside ‘Wheel.’
Alex – winner of 6 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Host – set a Guinness World Record in June 2014 for most episodes (6,829) of an organized game show. Despite his unprecedented achievement and great success, Alex has never considered himself a celebrity or “star” of the show. He spoke as much as Harvey Levin for an episode on “Objectization”.
Alex also told Levin that he is seriously considering retiring before signing a renewal. He seemed serious at the time … naming 2 potential alternative: LA Kings announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.
It’s important to note … “Jeopardy!” The producers said they are not announcing a new host right now.
Trebek was born on July 22, 1940, in Ontario, Canada. He majored in philosophy at the University of Ottawa but he has serious ambitions for a career on TV. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1998, but not before running the Olympic Torch in 1996 when it reached Atlanta.
Alex – who was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2017 for his iconic achievements – is married Elaine Kares 1974 and they divorced in 1981. He got married again in 1990 … this time to Jean Currivan, to whom he has 2 children … Matthew and Emily.