Updated 4:18 PM ET, Sun November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek, the genial “Jeopardy!” host with all the answers and a reassuring presence in the TV game-show landscape for five decades, has died. He was 80.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said a statement shared on the show’s Twitter account Sunday. “Thank you, Alex.”
The cause of death was not immediately announced. Trebek revealed in March 2019 he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, triggering an outpouring of support and well wishes at the time.
Over 37 seasons, Trebek hosted more than 8,200 episodes of “Jeopardy!” — the most by a presenter of any single TV game show, according to a statement from Sony Pictures.
Born in Sudbury, Canada, he studied philosophy before becoming a journalist, working as a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. In 1966, while in his mid-20s, he switched from journalism to hosting game shows, starting with a quiz show titled “Reach for the Top” and followed a few years later by another, “Jackpot.”
Besides his hosting work, which included such shows as “Classic Concentration” and “High Rollers,” Trebek was active as a philanthropist, taking part in USO Tours visiting US troops overseas and serving as a spokesman for various charities, including WorldVision.