Remembering Alex Trebek

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Alex Trebek died at age 80.

Myesha Rahman, Staff Writer

Beloved Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died at age 80 from pancreatic cancer. The weekend of the announcement of President-elect Joe Biden and heavy rain brought by tropical storm Eta brought another major revelation to the lives of many after Trebek’s death was announced.

The Canadian-born host came from humble beginnings. From being a bellhop at the hotel his father worked at as a chef, he rose up in ranks to become the Guinness World Record Holder for “the most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter”. After moving to the United States he started a career in broadcasting and hosting smaller game shows until the revival of Jeopardy in 1986. From then on, generations have adored his wit and charm.

After announcing that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019, Trebek continued hosting Jeopardy. Millions of fans praised him for his resilience and showed a tremendous amount of support. Trebek has hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. In that time he has assumed the title of longest running game show host, won numerous Daytime Emmy awards, and a Television Critics Association Lifetime Achievement award.

His prominence has allowed him to make cameos in many movies and tv shows such as Seinfield, Arthur, and Orange Is The New Black. 

Trebek has lived a full life and brought joy to many. Alex Trebek is undeniably a pop culture icon and will be deeply missed. 

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