Alex Trebek Passes at 80 Years Old

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Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek, has tragically passed after a battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for 2 years. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Los Angeles when he passed early that morning. The Jeopardy host was one of the most influential and well-known game show hosts of all time. He began Jeopardy in 1984 during its incarceration after not doing as well in 1964 to 1975. Previous to Jeopardy, Trebek hosted gameshows such as, The Wizards of Odds, High Rollers, The $128,000 Question, and Pitfall. During his career he won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for his role on the gameshow, and also holds the record for most gameshow episodes hosted ever, sitting at over 8,000 episodes.

Many in the Television world, along with many others, are deeply saddened and affected by Trebek’s passing. Longtime friend Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak, says this about his friend’s life, “It was an honor for me to be a part of his professional family for nearly 40 years. His strength and courage and grace during his recent health struggles inspired countless others. Alex was truly one of a kind.” Students at Lexington Christian Academy have also been distraught after hearing of the legends passing, “It is so sad to hear he has passed. He was truly an iconic man and probably the best gameshow host of all time. He will truly be remembered as a great man and has left his mark on the world” says senior Andrew Dollus.

Jeopardy will look to try and find a new host although it will be difficult to live up to previous expectations. They have up until December to find a replacement after they finished filming with Trebek up until that point. Rest in Peace to the iconic man named Alex Trebek.