Alex Trebek, seen here hosting a themed Jeopardy tournament in January 2020—and while the tournament's name was about high-performing contestants from the series' past, today, we are going to say that it's specifically about Trebek himself.
Enlarge / Alex Trebek, seen right here internet hosting a themed Jeopardy event in January 2020—and whereas the event’s identify was about high-performing contestants from the collection’ previous, right this moment, we’re going to say that it is particularly about Trebek himself.

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The workers of long-running TV sport present Jeopardy confirmed on Sunday that its beloved host Alex Trebek has passed away. He was 80 years previous.

Whereas the announcement didn’t go into particulars, aside from confirming he handed on Sunday within the presence of household and associates, Trebek had beforehand been clear with followers about his stage-four pancreatic most cancers prognosis, utilizing YouTube to inform followers straight in regards to the information in March 2019. On the time, he mentioned he selected to talk to followers through YouTube “to stop you from studying or listening to some overblown or inaccurate stories.”

Since then, Trebek went on to proceed internet hosting the collection between rounds of therapy, posting common updates to Jeopardy‘s YouTube account. The final such message got here in July of this yr, which confirmed that the present’s common manufacturing had been placed on maintain as a result of COVID-19 precautions. This allowed him, amongst different issues, to put in writing a memoir that got here out shortly after that final YouTube message: The Reply is… Reflections on my Life.

Alex Trebek’s final private replace, posted to Jeopardy’s YouTube channel in July 2020

The July announcement to followers cited constructive elements: “I am doing effectively. I have been persevering with my therapy, and it’s paying off, although it does fatigue me an excellent deal. My numbers are good, and I am feeling nice.” His July memoir, in the meantime, was extra frank in regards to the struggles he confronted throughout most cancers therapy, together with signs of melancholy. Extremely, that guide was printed solely 4 months after Trebek started writing it—a hasty resolution pushed partly by one other memoir being scheduled to publish across the time of Trebek’s eightieth birthday.

“One factor they don’t seem to be going to say at my funeral as a part of the eulogy is, ‘He was taken from us too quickly,'” Trebek wrote in his memoir. “I am about to show 80. I’ve lived a superb, full life.” That fullness included a Guinness World File awarded in 2014 for longest-running sport present host. On the time, that tally, beginning together with his takeover of the collection in its 1984 reboot, counted 6,829 episodes, a quantity he went on to pad even by means of 2020.

Whereas we at Ars Technica respect what Trebek meant by that assertion, we’re saddened by right this moment’s information, as severe appreciators of Trebek’s insistence on info, science, humor, and a mustache, and ship our greatest to his household and family members.

For extra details about pancreatic most cancers, go to the American Most cancers Society.


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