“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek handed away peacefully at dwelling early this morning, surrounded by household and pals,” the present’s Twitter account confirmed on Sunday. “Thanks, Alex.”
Former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings reacted to the information through Twitter writing, “Alex wasn’t simply the very best ever at what he did. He was additionally a beautiful and deeply first rate man, and I’m grateful for each minute I acquired to spend with him.”
Trebek announced his stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019 and mentioned he hoped to host the long-lasting recreation present so long as he bodily may.
“Identical to 50,000 different folks in america every year, this week I used to be identified with stage IV pancreatic most cancers,” Trebek mentioned on the time. “Now, usually the prognosis for this isn’t very encouraging, however I’m going to battle this and I’m going to maintain working and with the love and assist of my household and pals and with the assistance of your prayers additionally, I plan to beat the low survival charge statistics for this illness.”
The Canada native admitted throughout an ABC Information particular in January that he struggled with “moments of nice ache” and “large assaults of nice melancholy” since his diagnosis. Nevertheless, his spouse, Jean Trebek, helped him through the challenging times.
“However I brushed that aside quickly as a result of that might have been a large betrayal — a betrayal of my spouse and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to assist me survive,” he mentioned on the time. “It could have been a betrayal of different most cancers sufferers who’ve seemed to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of types of the worth of dwelling and hope. And it might definitely have been a betrayal of my religion in God and the tens of millions of prayers that had been mentioned on my behalf.”
Trebek admitted he wasn’t “afraid of dying” in his 2020 memoir, The Answer Is …Reflections on My Life, noting that he had spoken together with his household about stopping therapy if chemotherapy wasn’t profitable.
“High quality of life was an essential consideration. … One factor they’re not going to say at my funeral as a part of the eulogy is, ‘He was taken from us too quickly’” he wrote. “I’m about to show 80. I’ve lived an excellent, full life, and I’m nearing the tip of it. I do know that. The one factor that may trouble me is that if I cross on earlier than I get to have grandchildren. (Trace, trace.)”
Trebek is survived by Jean, their son Matthew, 30, and their daughter Emily, 27.
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