Goodbye to a TV Legend

ANDERS KRUSBERG / PEABODY AWARDS

By Blake Lee

Alex Trebek passed away on November 8th, 2020. You know him as the host of the popular TV game show Jeopardy! For over three decades, Trebek brought smiles to millions of families each night as he was on their living room TVs. In March 2019, Trebek announced he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  He  updated fans on how his treatments were going, saying he would continue to host and do his job for as long as possible. 

Trebek was born in Canada and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in philosophy in 1961.  Trebek began hosting several game shows when he moved to the U.S. in 1973.

Trebek had been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984, appearing in over 8,000 episodes of the show. He often talked about his love for the show and how the fans helped getting through his cancer treatment a lot easier. Trebek earned a number of accomplishments, including five Daytime Emmy wins as Outstanding Game Show Host, the Lifetime Achievement award in 2011, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as being named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2017. He mastered the format of friendly banter while on the TV show.  Just this year, he published his memoir The Answer Is…” Reflections on My Life.

Trebek last taped the show on October 29, only a week after surgery.  These episodes would be the last he hosted. As of right now representatives from Jeopardy! do not have any plans to name a new host anytime soon.

Throughout the years, Trebek was active with several charities, including World Vision Canada and United Service Organizations.  He has donated millions of dollars to his former university.  Trebek married his second wife, Jean Currivan, in 1990, and they had two children.  Trebek was 80 years old.

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