Answer: America’s favorite game show host passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. Question: Who is Alex Trebek? The host of “Jeopardy” passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles yesterday morning surrounded by his family and friends.
Alex got his start on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a summer relief announcer as a junior in college. After he graduation with a degree in philosophy, he stayed with the company and his interests turned to hosting. He started hosting “Jeopardy!” in 1984 when the show returned from a hiatus. He’s hosted every episode except one, on April Fools Day in 1997, when he swapped places with “Wheel of Fortune” host, Pat Sajak. In fact, the six-time Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Game Show Host set a Guinness World Record in June 2014 for hosting 6,828 episodes – the most ever for a game show host.
Tony Vinciquerra, Chairperson and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Trebek was the heart and soul of “Jeopardy.” He said, “For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives.” Alex leaves behind a wife, Jean Currivan, two children, Matthew and Emily, and legions of friends and fans to celebrate his memory.