Jeopardy Host Passes After Year-Long Battle

Liberty Stuart, News Writer

This man holds the Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter. Who was Alex Trebek?

On November 8, 2020 Alex Trebek, best known for being the host of Jeopardy, passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. Revealing his diagnosis of stage IV Cancer in March of 2019, Trebek had been fighting it for over a year.  

Since Jeopardy’s airing in 1984, Trebek filmed over 8,200 episodes over a span of 37 seasons. Trebek won many awards for his work as the host for Jeopardy, including five Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host. He was contracted to host Jeopardy until 2022 until he passed away this year. 

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said the Jeopardy twitter account.  

Trebek lived alongside his second wife, Jean, and his three children, Matthew, Emily, and Nicky. He had adopted Nicky from his previous wife, and after marrying Jean in 1990, the couple had the other two children together.   

Trebek was said to have filmed episodes for the show up until October 29, 2020 which will continue to air until December 25 of this year. Producers later announced that Ken Jennings, a past Jeopardy contestant who holds the record for longest win streak of 74 games, will be a temporary host of the show for the month of January, 2020.