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Alex Trebek Passes Away at 80, Celebrities Pay Tribute

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Gone too soon, but will never be forgotten. Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away on Sunday, November 8 from pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Passed Away Surrounded By Family

The show shared the heartbreaking news on Twitter, writing, “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”

The news of Trebek’s passing comes about a year and a half after he first went public with his stage four cancer diagnosis in March 2019.

Trebek began chemotherapy immediately but vowed to continue working. He continued to host Jeopardy! during its 37th season, which began earlier this year.

Cancer Fighter

The longtime host opened up about his cancer journey in March 2020 and revealed he was also dealing with bouts of depression.

“Now I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that the cancer won’t kill me, the chemo treatments will,” he shared.

“There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.”

Ken Jennings Pays Tribute

Needless to say, Trebek’s passing hit fans around the world very hard. Because he’s been on people’s TV screens for more than 36 years, it’s easy to see why many feel as if they grew up with the beloved host.

Countless celebrities took to social media on Sunday to share their condolences. Many also shared what Trebek has meant to them and how he, maybe even without knowing, greatly impacted their lives.

Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak on the show, shared on Twitter, “Alex wasn’t just the best ever 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.”

He continued, “Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family—which, in a way, included millions of us.”

A-List Stars Honor Trebek

John Legend shared on Twitter, “I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.”

Ryan Reynolds even revealed Trebek took the time to film a cameo for his upcoming movie, Free Guy, prior to his passing.

“Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle,” he wrote. 

“He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.”

Ellen DeGeneres wrote, “Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans.”

Fellow hosts also shared tributes, including Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak.

“The death of Alex Trebek is a tremendous loss for his family, his friends, his co-workers and the millions of viewers who followed his long and illustrious career,” Sajak said.

“It was an honor for me to be a part of his professional family for nearly 40 years. His strength and courage and grace during his recent health struggles inspired countless others. Alex was truly one of a kind.”

Jeopardy! has not announced plans for a new host and episodes hosted by Alex will air through December 25 as planned.