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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek dead at 80

Alex Trebek died Sunday at the age of 80. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Alex Trebek died Sunday at the age of 80. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the TV game show announced Sunday. He was 80.

"Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex," the Jeopardy! Twitter feed said.

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"Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family," Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement.

"For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of Jeopardy! and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives. Our hearts go out to Jean, Matthew, Emily and Nicky."

The Canadian-born star announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

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"With the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," Trebek said at the time.

He underwent chemotherapy and was in near remission, but the disease surged again and he underwent further treatment.

Trebek -- who earned a philosophy degree from the University of Ottawa -- hosted Jeopardy! from 1984 until earlier this year, filming episodes during the coronavirus pandemic.

He won five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host for his work.

Trebek's career also included stints presiding over Music Hop, The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth.

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