Alex Trebek, long-running ‘Jeopardy!’ host, dies at 80

Alex Trebek, who presided over the beloved quiz show “Jeopardy!” for more than 30 years with dapper charm and a touch of school-master strictness, died Sunday. He was 80. 

Trebek, who announced in 2019 that he had advanced pancreatic cancer, died at his California home, surrounded by family and friends, “Jeopardy!” studio Sony said.

The Canadian-born host, who made a point of informing fans about his health directly, spoke in a calm, even tone as he revealed his illness and hope for a cure in a video posted March 6, 2019.

In the video, Trebek said he was joining the 50,000 other Americans who receive such a diagnosis each year and that he recognized that the prognosis was not encouraging.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. <a href=”https://t.co/Yk2a90CHIM”>pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM</a></p>&mdash; Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Jeopardy/status/1325490106329751553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>