Never forget. Celebrities have honored Alex Trebek following the long Peril! death of the host on Sunday, November 8, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Peril! Is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s Twitter account confirmed on Sunday. “Thank you, Alex.”
Former Peril! champion Ken jennings reacted to the news via Twitter writing: “Alex wasn’t just the best ever. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I was able to spend with him.
Seth Meyers, For its part, tweeted, “RIP to a great giver of joy and knowledge.”
Trebek announced his diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer in March 2019 and said he hopes to host the iconic game show for as long as he can physically.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Trebek said at the time. “Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I will fight against it and I will continue to work and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers too, I plan to beat the low survival statistics for this disease. “
The native of Canada admitted during a ABC News special in January that he has battled “moments of great pain” and “massive bouts of great depression” since his diagnosis. However, his wife, Jean Trebek, helped him through the difficult times.
“But I quickly dismissed that because it would have been a massive betrayal – a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who gave him everything to help me survive,” he told the time. “It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who saw me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of the value of life and hope. And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that had been said on my behalf.
Trebek admitted he was not “afraid of dying” in his 2020 memoir, The answer is… Thoughts on My Life, noting that he had discussed with his family whether to stop treatment if chemotherapy failed.
“Quality of life was an important consideration. … One thing they won’t say at my eulogy funeral is, “It was taken from us too soon,” ”he wrote. “I am about to be 80 years old. I have lived a busy life and I am nearing the end. I know it. The only thing that might bother me is that I die before I have grandchildren. (Clue, clue.) “
Trebek is survived by their son Matthew, 30, Jean, and daughter Emily, 27.
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