Alex Trebek, host of iconic game show Jeopardy! for 36 years, has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
The news was confirmed via the Jeopardy! Twitter feed on Sunday (November 8).
Trebek first announced that he was battling the disease in March of 2019, via a video taped on the set of the game show.
The legendary host began his career in his home country of Canada in 1961, working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in myriad capacities for its radio and television divisions, including hosting the music program Music Hop in 1963, and programs featuring classical music performance. In the early 1970s, he headed to the U.S. and hosted a range of game shows, including To Tell the Truth, Battlestars, High Rollers and Classic Concentration, while also hosting various Canadian programs, including Stars on Ice for the CTV network from 1976 to 1980. He also hosted National Geographic‘s GeoBee contests from 1989 to 2013, and appeared as the presenter of the Canadian documentary Game Changers, produced by Ballinran Entertainment, in 2017.
He joined the reboot of Jeopardy! in 1984, after original host Art Fleming opted not to return. Fleming had hosted the original version of the series from 1964-1975.
For his work on Jeopardy!, Trebek received seven Daytime Emmy awards, and a Peabody Award in 2012.
The final season with Trebek as host, season 37, began taping in August with COVID-19 protocols in place, and premiered in mid-September.