The death was confirmed in a statement posted by the Twitter account forJeopardy!,which noted that Trebek died early on Nov. 8 while surrounded by loved ones.
In October, Trebek said he was “hanging in” there after announcing he was undergoing another round of chemotherapy. “Well play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose,” he told CTV News, adding he’s “not afraid of dying.”
“Ive lived a good life, a full life, and Im nearing the end of that life,” Trebek shared. “If it happens, why should I be afraid of that?” He kept a positive attitude throughout his cancer battle.
Fans were ecstatic when Trebek, who hosted more than 7,000 Jeopardy! episodes, returned for Season 36 in September. He never missed an episode of the syndicated show since its 1984 premiere even after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain in December 2017. In May, Trebek won his sixth Emmy for hosting Jeopardy!.
“I was concerned that sympathy might play a big role in the voting this year. Im not a big fan of sympathy votes. We should be judged on the merits of our work. However [I remember] last year, I had just had major surgery to remove two life-threatening blood clots. You think that would elicit a certain amount of sympathy. But I didnt win, so maybe Ive been worrying about the wrong thing,” hequippedduring his acceptance speech. “So Ill do what Sally Field did [at the Oscars] you guys like me, and you value my work. I tell you if thats the case, I can live with that.”
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
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Alex Trebek has died at age 80 after cancer battle!! Alex Trebek has died at age 80 after cancer battle!