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‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek dies at 80

Rest in peace Alex Trebek, who has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Alex Trebek, longtime host of the trivia show Jeopardy!, has passed away at age 80. Trebek has been battling pancreatic cancer since February 2019.

Jeopardy! began in 1964 on NBC, but moved to a daily syndicated version in 1984, where Trebek began hosting and continued to host until his death. Since moving to the syndicated format, Jeopardy! has become an institution in American television, and has won many Emmy Awards.

While Trebek is an American icon, he was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 1940, and graduated from the University of Ottawa. He moved to the United States in 1973 to pursue his career as a game show host.

On March 6, 2019, Trebek announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. While it appeared in March 2020 that he was responding well to the chemotherapy, he sadly lost his battle against the disease today.

We at AIPT offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Alex Trebek all around the world.

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