The Passing of Alex Trebek
December 7, 2020
On November 8th, 2020 Jeopardy! Host, Alex Trebek passed away from his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Alex Trebek hosted over 37 seasons of Jeopardy! which is a game show that has contestants competing against each other by answering questions on a variety of subjects. By getting the answers right the contestants get cash! Alex Trebek was a huge contribution to the Jeopardy! family as a former contestant, Ken Jennings, tweeted “Alex wasn’t just the best at what he did, he was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.” This wholehearted tweet just goes to show the everlasting effect he has left!
Besides hosting on Jeopardy! from 1984-2020 he was also a part of other projects throughout the years. Before even considering hosting game shows he worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Trebek would cover a wide scope of segments at this time and take every possible chance that came his way! He hosted many other shows including Double Dare, High Rollers, The Wizard of Odds, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth, and Battlestars. He also made appearances in numerous tv shows. He’s won three awards in 2020 alone for his time on television which are, the TCA Lifetime Achievement Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, and the Academy Icon Award. At 80 years old Alex Trebek spread joy to many lives around the world.
After a long two-year battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer Alex passed away Sunday, November 8th, 2020. He continued to fight through his illness by continuing to be on the show. The game show put out their statement on Twitter saying, “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.” Many described Alex as a loving family man as he has two children and his wife since 1990, Jean. One thing that can be said about Alex is he left behind a legacy for the tv show industry.