Alex Trebek Has Died At Age 80, Final ‘Jeopardy!” Episode Set To Air On Christmas
We all knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier. ‘Jeopardy!‘ host Alex Trebek has died. The 80-year-old game show host revealed he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer back in March of 2019.
Pancreatic cancer is probably the worst cancer you can get. It has the highest mortality rate of all cancers. But somehow, Trebek maintained a positive attitude and continued hosting Jeopardy even while he was battling this aggressive disease.
According to his family, Trebek fulfilled his wish of spending his final hours with his wife on a swing “watching the horizon,” which I know is beautiful, but it’s also such a heartbreaking thing as well.
Mike Richards, executive producer of Jeopardy, told The Today Show the following:
Even in his book, he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife, Jean, and kind of watching the horizon and he got to do that. He was coherent, he wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a nice, final day makes all of us in the ‘Jeopardy! family feel much better.
According to the production company behind the show, Trebek was last in the studio on October 29. His final episode of ‘Jeopardy!’ is set to air on Christmas Day.
As of right now, the show has no plans to announce a new host. They’ll most likely wait until sometime next to year to make that announcement. Many fans of the show are hoping Ken Jennings takes over. He’s of course one of the most famous contestants from the show.
Our thoughts go out to Trebek’s friends and family. He will be missed. For many people, he was a friend they could count on seeing every evening.