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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died after fighting stage four pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 on Nov. 8.
Trebek’s death was announced in a statement via Twitter from the “Jeopardy!” account.
Trebek passed away after fighting stage four pancreatic cancer for a year. Last year, he made his diagnosis public in a YouTube video in which he said he planned on fighting it and hopefully “beat the low survival rate statistics.”
Trebek dedicated his time to bring awareness about pancreatic cancer in multiple interviews, where he discussed the disease’s ups and downs and chemotherapy.
He also published a book this year called “The Answer is… Reflections on my life”, a personal memoir including the constant support he’s received from family, friends and social media after announcing his diagnosis. Along with this, he shared his experience of hosting the classic T.V. show since 1984.
Trebek has been the host of “Jeopardy!” for 30 years, and in a recent interview with Good Morning America, he explained that he loves his job and that he did not plan on leaving anytime soon.
The executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, Mike Richards, told CNN that Trebek filmed the last five episodes less than two weeks ago.
“He really believed in the importance of Jeopardy!” and maybe that sounds corny on today, of all days, but he really thought it was important what he was doing,” said Richards. Trebek did not retire from hosting “Jeopardy!”
His final five episodes will air on Christmas.
Trebek is survived by his wife Jean Currivan Trebek and kids, Emily and Mathew.