Celebs Pay Tribute to Alex Trebek After Passing

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.

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.”

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.”

Ryan Reynolds noted that despite Trebek’s illness, the host graciously filmed a cameo for his upcoming movie “Free Guy.”

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:


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