Television personality actor, game show host, father, husband, and family man Alex Trebek died from his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on November 8th, 2020. Trebek, the host of the highly popular gameshow Jeopardy! was in that position for 37 years from 1984-until his death. His television contract ran through 2022. Since the revival of the show in 1984 Trebek has hosted more than 8,200 episodes, good for a Guinness world record.
Trebek started his career at an early age. He was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on July 22, 1940. His father emigrated from the Ukraine as a child and his mom resided in Ontario. Trebek attended University of Ottawa in 1961 and graduated with a degree in philosophy.
Over the years he hosted close to 20 different shows. Including one episode of Wheel of Fortune when he and Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak switched roles on April Fool’s Day that year. Trebek has a numerous number of awards and honors and has a star on the walk of fame in both Hollywood and Toronto. He was awarded a Emmy seven times for ‘Outstanding Game Show Host,” In 2011, he was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. In May 2016, Trebek was given the Key to the City by the City of Ottawa.
March 6, 2019, was the official day that he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. On the anniversary date, he announced that he had survived one year of treatment. His prognosis gave him an 18% chance to survive that long. After more treatment and chemotherapy, he felt like it was paying off. He did feel fatigued at times and pain from all the surgeries, but he was in good spirits. On November 8, Trevek’s body could no longer keep up, and he lost his long fight as he died in his home in Los Angeles.
- Nick Gilbert / HLGU Vanguard / November 2020