Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has “passed away peacefully at home early this morning,” according to the game show’s official Twitter account.
The beloved game show host and Canadian native announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer via a video message.
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In a statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trebek an “icon,” saying he “entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia.”
Trebek was said to be surrounded by family and friends when he passed. He was 80 years old.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/XoobAfJwBv
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 8, 2020