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Alex Trebek, the longtime host of “Jeopardy!,” died on Sunday at 80 years old.
“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 immediate cause of death was not initially 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, according to CNN. Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean, whom he married in 1990, and his three children.
Trebek hosted more than 8,200 episodes of “Jeopardy!” over 37 seasons, the most by a presenter of any single TV game show, according to Sony Pictures. Trebek’s last day in the studio was October 29, according to Sony Pictures. “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Trebek are set to air through December 25. “The show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time,” the statement from Sony Pictures said.
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