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BREAKING: Alex Trebek dead at 80

Alex Trebek, beloved host of "Jeopardy!" since 1984, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Alex Trebek, beloved host of "Jeopardy!" since 1984, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trebek announced in March 2019 that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends," a show spokesperson told TMZ.

Jeopardy! confirmed the news on Sunday afternoon via twitter.


Trebek was born in Ontario, Canada in July 1940, but became a U.S. citizen in 1988. His first U.S. gameshow gig was as the host of "The Wizard of Odds" in 1973. He would go on to host many, many more, ultimately setting a Guinness World record in 2014 for most episodes hosted of a game show– a whopping 6,829.

His life was an extraordinary one, from running the Olympic Torch in 1996, to winning  six Daytime Emmy awards during his lifetime for outstanding game show host.  

He leaves behind his wife Jean Currivan and his children Matthew and Emily.

Trebek was 80 years old.

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