Alex Trebek died after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, ET confirms. The beloved Danger! host was 80 years old.
“Words cannot even describe the tremendous loss this entails for our Danger! “Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Television Distribution, told ET in a statement.” Alex was not only a television icon, but he was one of the most genuine, kind and caring people you will ever meet. The way she openly and courageously fought cancer, while continuing to host the show, was truly an inspiration. It has brought joy to the millions of fans, including generations of families, who have welcomed Alex into their living room every night. Our hearts go out to Alex’s wife and children. We really have lost a legend. “
In July 2020, Trebek admitted that if the immunotherapy treatment he underwent failed, he would not take “extraordinary measures” to ensure survival.
Trebek announced his cancer diagnosis in March 2019 and despite the grim prognosis, he joked that he had to beat the disease because he was still under contract with Danger!. Proving that he would not let cancer stop him, Trebek re-recorded the show a week after revealing his health problem.
Despite admitting “waves of deep sadness” as a result of his cancer treatment, Trebek never lost his infamous wits. After winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in May 2019, Trebek joked that the award was the result of “sympathy” votes.
“I am aware there must be a fair amount of sympathy in voting on this, but to tell you the truth, I don’t care,” Trebek told ET’s Deidre Behar with a smile. “I got the award and I enjoy having this award.”
Weeks after his big Emmy win, Trebek revealed that he was “close to remission” according to his doctors and responded incredibly well to cancer treatment.
“It’s kind of amazing,” Trebek shared with People. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive memory result … some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”
The veteran game show host was born on July 22, 1940, in Sudbury, Canada, to immigrant parents. His father, George, struggled with alcoholism but instilled a strong work ethic, as Trebek once said. Don, “My dad drank a lot and never missed a day of work in his life.”
Trebek got his first broadcasting job in 1961, working part-time at the Canadian Broadcasting Company, while finishing his BA in philosophy at the University of Ottawa. His first job as a host was on the Canadian series. Hop Music, followed by the high school quiz show, Get to the top. Trebek went on to host musical acts for CBC from 1967 to 1970.
He made the leap to American television in 1973, as the host of the NBC game show. Wizard of Odds. He also hosted short game shows. High rollers and CBS ‘ Double challenge, while simultaneously directing the Canadian game show, 128 questions.
In the 1980s, Trebek organized short-lived game shows. Battle starsHigh rollers Y Trap, the last of which was a Canadian show that forced him to travel from the US Merv Griffin’s new game show, Danger!, which was collected in 1984.
While hosting Danger!, Trebek took another concert as host of Classic concentration until the show’s cancellation in 1991. He made history as the only game show host to run three shows at the same time after taking over. Tell the truth for the show’s last three months, which also ended in 1991 (Trebek returned as a guest on the show’s reboot in 2018).
Trebek branched out into other game shows and television shows throughout his 60-plus-year career. The guest host Wheel of Fortune, and became one of the many hosts of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, from 1994 to 1998. He also made several appearances as himself on various shows, including How i met your mother, The Colbert Report, The Simpsons, Beverly Hills, 90210, The babysitter Y Orange is the new black.
Trebek was married twice. His first marriage was to Elaine Callei, but the couple broke up in the early 1980s after seven years of marriage. In 1990, Trebek married Jean Currivan, with whom he welcomed two children, Matthew and Emily. The couple remained together until Trebek’s death.
The esteemed television personality experienced multiple health problems towards the end of her life. He suffered two minor heart attacks in 2007 and 2012, and in 2018, Trebek underwent surgery to remove blood clots from his brain caused by a concussion he sustained after a fall. He was also screened for Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, after a memory lapse.
Regardless of his medical problems, Trebek seemed to keep his sense of humor intact. Following his 2018 induction into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, he joked about the moment of honor.
“The fact that it is nearing the end of my career makes it especially significant,” he explained to Announcement week at the time. “It would not have been good to receive this kind of recognition at the beginning of my career. It would have developed a very swollen head, bigger than it is now. “
In an interview with VultureTrebek spoke about Jeopardy’s impact on your life. “It has given me opportunities to explore the world geographically, socially, and philanthropically. Doing that has allowed me to develop as a human, ”Trebek said, before sharing how he envisioned his final show.
“I’ll tell the director, ‘Schedule the show so it has 30 seconds at the end.’ Because when [Jeopardy! contestant] Ken Jennings lost after 74 wins in a row, he had a tear in his eye and there was no time to say goodbye. So all I want on my last show is 30 seconds, and I’ll do what Johnny Carson did: ‘Hi, folks, thank you. It has been a hot run and all good things must come to an end. Then I’ll move on. “