Alex Trebek, host of the long-running TV game show, “Jeopardy!,” died Sunday at the age of 80, according to reports.
A “Jeopardy!” spokesperson announced, “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Trebek had been fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March of last year.
He continued with the show he has hosted for 36 years while undergoing chemotherapy.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
Trebek was born on July 22, 1940, in Ontario, Canada, and became an American citizen in 1998.
His debut in the TV world came after majoring in philosophy at the University of Ottawa.
During his career, Alex Trebek won 6 Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host.
In addition, he set a Guinness World record in June of 2014 for hosting the most episodes of a game show, at a total of 6,829.