‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Dies at 80, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, and Other Celebrities React
The world is mourning the death of television legend Alex Trebek. The longtime Jeopardy! host reportedly died on Nov. 8 after nearly two years of fighting pancreatic cancer. The news of his death was met with many tributes online from those who watched him over the years and admired him for his work on the show.
Alex Trebek has died after battling pancreatic cancer
TMZ was among the first news outlets to break the news, reporting that Trebek died on the morning of Nov. 8 at age 80. Speaking to the outlet, a spokesperson for Jeopardy! said, “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Trebek announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. As he battled it, he kept fans updated on his health journey, telling them in March that he had experienced “massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on” (via CNBC). But he chose to keep going due to his commitment to his wife, Jean, his fans, and his faith.
He also told fans that he would continue to host Jeopardy! for as long as he possibly could. Trebek hosted the show up until earlier in 2020 when it went on hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which forced several other productions to shut down. He had worked on Jeopardy! ever since he was brought on in 1984 as a replacement for Art Fleming.
The reactions to Alex Trebek’s death are emotional
After learning of his death, thousands of fans who have followed Trebek over his career took to social media to pay their respects and share their condolences.
“Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans,” Ellen DeGeneres said on Twitter.
“Very tragic. RIP, Alex. We will all miss you. Every family in America,” tweeted radio personality Mark Levin.
“Couldn’t we have one nice weekend? A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek,” wrote Jimmy Kimmel.
In a separate message, former Star Trek actor George Takei added, “Alex Trebek, you brought us so much knowledge, both important and fun, through the years. Your final battle with cancer was heroic, and we are heartbroken that it has taken you from us. I’ll take ‘Great TV Personas of Our Time’ for $800. The heavens have all the answers now.”
Mario Lopez, meanwhile, posted a throwback photo with Trebek along with the caption, “An inspiring, strong, distinguished legend of a man. What is Alex Trebek? #RIP”
We, too, were obsessed with him and will forever remember what he brought to the show and the world. RIP, Mr. Trebek.