Alex Trebek, the iconic and longtime host of "Jeopardy!," has passed away at the age of 80 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March 2019.
Trebek passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family in his home. Trebek continued to host "Jeopardy!" throughout the past year despite his illness and ongoing chemo treatments.
A post to the "Jeopardy!" Twitter account confirmed the news.
In an emotional video announcement to fans, Trebek noted that his prognosis was poor, but that he would fight and continue hosting for as long as the illness permitted.
“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” he said in the video.
The response was overwhelming, and Trebek acknowledged the public support in a follow-up. "I just want to take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement," he said.
Despite the challenges, Trebek seamlessly continued to appear on the popular TV program, even while battling what he described as "massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on."
His odds of surviving up to a second year of pancreatic cancer were just 7%. Sadly, he took a turn for the worse and was unable to make it to that milestone.
His cancer journey was filled with many ups and downs, even announcing in May 2019 that his tumors had shrunk more than 50%. He began another round of chemotherapy a few months later.
Trebek's death is a huge loss to the community; he has been the host of the syndicated game show since its revival in 1984.
During a November episode, one fan moved Trebek to tears when he used his remaining $2,000 to write “We love you Alex” sparking the trending #WeLoveYouAlex on social media.
Trebek was born in Ontario, Canada and received U.S. citizenship in 1998. Before taking on "Jeopardy!," he hosted shows like "The Wizard of Odds," "Double Dare," "High Rollers," "Battlestars," "Classic Concentration," and "To Tell the Truth."
The gameshow legend has won seven Emmys in his career.
Trebek began hosting the start of the show's 37th season in September, his last day being on October 29. Episodes hosted by Trebek will air through Christmas, USA Today reports.
Trebek is survived by wife Jean Currivan Trebek and two children, Emily Trebek and Matthew Trebek.