After “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek’s death host, his fellow game host at “Wheel of Fortune” spoke out about his departure.
Trebek died on Sunday at the age of 80 after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The television icon announced his diagnosis in March 2019 and continued to host throughout his treatment. The last time he was in the studio was on October 29.
Pat Sajak, one of the few others who hosted a game show for more than 30 years, issued a statement about his colleague’s death to Fox News.
“The death of Alex Trebek is a huge loss to family, friends, colleagues and the millions of spectators who have watched his long and illustrious career. It̵7;s an honor for me to be a part of his professional family for almost 40 years. His strength, courage, and charm in his recent health struggles have inspired countless others. Alex is truly a unique person, ”he wrote.
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Sajak’s “Wheel of Fortune” co-host, Vanna White, also released a statement in which she also spoke of the bravery Trebek performed on her own after her diagnosis.
“I will cherish the memories I shared with Alex Trebek the day before both of our careers took off,” she wrote. “I will always be amazed at how he faced the battle he fought so heroically and how heartbroken I lost my longtime friend. My heart is for his family, friends, colleagues and fans. There will never be an Alex Trebek again and he will be truly missed. “
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Sajak was one of the first to speak up and share a message of support for Trebek in 2019 after he made his diagnosis public.
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“The Sajak family is deeply saddened to learn that Alex Trebek has to cope with cancer. Our hearts are on him and his family, ”he wrote at the time. “But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We and the country are working hard for you, Alex. “
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“Jeopardy!” since 1984, hosted more than 8,000 episodes. He regularly talks about how much he loves hosting the famous game show and even credits the fans who helped him throughout his treatment. When production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, he was one of the biggest voices in advocating for a safe return.