Alex Trebek

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Madison David, Staff Writer

On November 8th, 2020 delivered yet another tragedy as the world lost Alex Trebek:  the man most known for hosting Jeopardy over the past thirty-six years. 

Nearly two years ago, Trebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is not very common with fewer than 200,000 cases per year. However, it often goes undetected for quite some time and results in late diagnoses, so it’s very concerning for a patient as this type of cancer spreads rapidly. 

Even with this dire diagnosis, Trebek wanted to keep living and continued to host Jeopardy. Originally, one of his friends was offered the job, but suggested Trebek take the job instead. Over the years, Trebek grew in popularity and was hosting three different game shows at one point. America’s fondness of him led to multiple guest appearances in movies and shows playing himself. 

The devastation from Trebek’s declining health shook all Jeopardy fans and some very infamous contestants of the show. During Jeopardy’s 2019 Tournament of Champions, Alex was overcome with emotion as one of the players answered the final jeopardy with “What is we love you, Alex!” The host got visibly choked up as he read the answer aloud. 

Along with knowing his players, fans, and friends loved him, Trebek got to live out his death how he wanted. His final days were spent with his family at home watching sunsets. His last day was spent with his wife swinging in their backyard. Friends of Trebek said he was peaceful and not in pain. The Jeopardy family has sent much love to the Trebeks and announced his final episode of Jeopardy was filmed on October 29, 2020 and aired on January 8, 2021.

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