A titan of television has fallen. Alex Trebek, who has been organizing “Jeopardy!” For more than three decades, died after he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Alex Trebek, a television legend, a pop culture icon, and a man who made the game show Danger!, died. The host died after telling fans that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019. While Alex had vowed to fight the disease, he even admitted that he faced a low “survival rate” of 7%. Unfortunately, he was right when he succumbed to the disease on Sunday November 8th.
“Jeopardy is sad that Alex Trebek died peacefully at home this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said a spokesman for Danger! agreed TMZ in a statement. The Canadian born host died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. Despite his illness, Alex did not retire from the long-running game show and continued to host.
Alex decided not to hide his diagnosis from the public but to show his cancer to all of his fans in a video. “Hello everyone,” said Alex on March 6, demonstrating his signature tone of half “supportive high school teacher”, half “encouraging grandfather”. “Just like 50,000 other people in the US each year, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer this week. Usually the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I will fight against it and keep working … Truth said, I have to! Because according to my contract conditions I have to Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me Keep the faith and we will win. We will make it. Many thanks.”
For a moment, it seemed like Alex would be among the few to beat stage 4 pancreatic cancer. At the end of May 2019 he told PEOPLE Journal that he had responded exceptionally well to chemotherapy and that his tumors had shrunk by 50%. “Doctors said they didn’t see that type of positive result in their memory,” he said at the time, adding that his doctors said he was “near remission”.
The man George Alexander Trebek Sudbury, Ontario, Canada has been an integral part of evening television for nearly forty years. After starting his television career in 1963 with a Canadian music program called Music hopIn the early 1970s, he moved to the United States to host The magician of opportunities. In 1974 he hosted the popular High rollers until he was canceled in 1980. While appearing on a variety of shows, Alex got his biggest break in 1984 when the late one Merv Griffin tapped him to host the 1984 Revival Danger!
“If I hadn’t got the hosting danger,” he said The daily beast 2017: “I would probably have continued in the same business and possibly put on other game shows that would have been canceled many, many years ago, but I was lucky and finished with this program. Remember, I’ve been on the radio for 55 years. So it’s not like it happened suddenly. “
Alex had the idea of retiring in 2018 while talking to him Harvey Levin on OBJECTified. “[I] Not long ago to our producer mentioned that the guy who does the play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings[[[[Alex Faust]]you should consider him, ”Alex said as he addressed a possible replacement. He also suggested a lawyer Laura Coates – Graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Internal Affairs and the University of Minnesota Law School – as one more person to do the show for him.
Before his death, Alex Trebek was married twice. Him and businesswoman Elaine Callei were married in 1974. They divorced in 1981. Nine years later he and he Jean Currivan, a real estate project manager from New York, tied the knot. The two had two children together – son Matthew and daughter Emily. In 1998, Canadian-born Alex became a US citizen.
Despite being a television icon, Alex has always remained humble about his placement in pop culture annals. “Oh, the show will go on without me,” said Alex The daily beast. “Bob Barker has retired and Drew Carey does a good job price. Monty Hall, my good friend, has died [in 2017] and Wayne Brady does a good job Let’s make a deal. So there will come a time when Pat [Sajak] and me [retire]- I’ll probably go before Pat because he’s younger – and someone else will come and replace us. No problem. “While there will be another host dangerAlex Trebek will not be replaced.