Game show host Alex Trebek has passed away at the age of 80 after battling pancreatic cancer. Trebek is best known for hosting the game show, Jeopardy, for more than 30 years. During his run, he earned more than 30 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Immediately after learning of the news, Jeopardy Executive Producer Mike Richards shared his thoughts regarding the late television personality.
“His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen,” Richards said.
“His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”
Trebek first shared the news of his pancreatic cancer diagnoses in 2019. Despite his illness, he continued to host the longtime game show up until his death. In fact, the latest episode of the show aired on Thursday. Thursday’s winner, Albert Thakur, thanked Trebek prior to his passing.
“You know, here’s a true story, man. I grew up, I learned English because of you,” he told Trebek after Thursday’s show.
“And so, my grandfather, who raised me — I’m gonna get tears right now — I used to sit on his lap and watch you every day so it’s a pretty special moment for me, man.”
Trebek is survived by his wife and three children.