Celebrities are remembering Alex Trebek after the legendary “Jeopardy!” host passed away from stage IV pancreatic cancer.
On Sunday, the official Twitter account for the iconic game show shared the devastating news that Trebek had died, more than a year and a half after he was first diagnosed with the illness in March 2019. He was 80.
“‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex," the show tweeted.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
After word of Trebek’s passing broke, numerous stars offered their condolences on social media.
Viola Davis called the television personality “a true, true gentleman and courageous hero.”
RIP Alex Trebek. A true, true gentleman and courageous hero. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest 💛 pic.twitter.com/autbyxnlcs— Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 8, 2020
John Legend said he was “obsessed with ‘Jeopardy!’ as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember.”
I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2020
Ryan Reynolds noted that despite Trebek’s illness, the host graciously filmed a cameo for his upcoming movie “Free Guy.”
Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 8, 2020
In a March 2019 video, Trebek announced his diagnosis, declaring, “I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”
Months later in August, Trebek had completed his chemotherapy treatments, and announced in a different video that he was “on the mend.”
Sadly, the next month, Trebek told “Good Morning America” that he had to undergo treatment once again.
“I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic. They said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy,’ and I lost about 12 lbs. in a week and my numbers went sky-high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed,” he explained to the morning show.
This past March, one year after announcing his diagnosis, Trebek gave an update on his health.
In the clip, Trebek recalled a conversation with his oncologist, who told him that he was “certain” Alex would survive his second year — even though the two-year survival rate is only 7%.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trebek’s family during this difficult time.
See more tributes to Alex, below:
I’m so saddened that Alex Trebek has passed. Growing up, he made me feel like my nerdiness was valuable and I loved learning from watching jeopardy. It was our family’s nightly pleasure. https://t.co/MQLfQz6Fa1— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek was like a family member who I watched every night. I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career. He was a big influence and one of a kind. Rest In Peace, Alex. https://t.co/B9wq95uRg4— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) November 8, 2020
Television has lost a true treasure and icon. Alex was in a league of his own. Class act, grace and courage just scratch the surface. Always warm, friendly and unassuming. Robin & I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Trebek family. You are all in our prayers. https://t.co/OQgadVrVGe— Dr. Phil (@DrPhil) November 8, 2020