Alex Trebek, the Canadian broadcaster who found fame in the United States as a game show host, has died at the age of 80. The sad news of Alex’s departure is shared on the official Twitter page of Jeopardy!. They wrote it as “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex”. Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The Ontario-born Trebek was an American pop culture icon and a fixture in homes around the world as the beloved host of Jeopardy! for more than 35 years. Alex began his career on radio and television in his native Canada, Trebek did a slew of game shows in Hollywood before landing the revival of Jeopardy! in 1984. In an early interview with CTV News, he said that he’s “not afraid of dying”. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life,” Trebek shared. “If it happens, why should I be afraid of that?” He kept a positive attitude throughout his cancer battle.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and their two children, Matthew and Emily. Trebek was close with his first wife’s daughter, Nicky. He married Elaine Callei in 1974 and they divorced in 1981.
Alex has hosted more than 7,000 Jeopardy! episodes returned for Season 36 in September. He never missed an episode of the syndicated show since its 1984 premiere. Trebek’s memoir “The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life,” was released in July.