Alex Trebek Dead at 80: Jimmy Kimmel, William Shatner, and More Stars Mourn 'Jeopardy!' Host's Death
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Fans, friends and all of Hollywood are mourning the death of Alex Trebek. The Jeopardy! host died on Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
“Words can’t even describe what a tremendous loss this is for our Jeopardy! family," Steve LoCascio, President of CBS Television Distribution, said in a statement to ET. "Not only was Alex a television icon, but he was one of the most genuine, kind, caring people you could ever know. The way he openly and bravely battled cancer, while continuing to host the show, was a true inspiration. He has brought joy to the millions of fans – including generations of families -- who have welcomed Alex into their living room each night. Our hearts go out to Alex’s wife and children. We have truly lost a legend.”
"Very sorry to hear the news about Alex Trebek," William Shatner wrote on Twitter. "Condolences to his family."
Very sorry to hear the news about Alex Trebek. Condolences to his family. 😞
What is: One of the most beloved tv hosts in my lifetime? #AlexTrebek Bless you for fostering a love of learning, your consistent spirit of excellence, and for generously sharing your life with us for more than 30 years. I will forever be your fan. pic.twitter.com/OBbdEP3cXD
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
We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/XoobAfJwBv
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.
My heart is heavy hearing of Alex Trebek’s passing. The soundtrack of my life was hearing his voice every night at 7pm. There will never be a host quite like him ever again. God bless him and his family. And may his legacy forever live on. (Insert final Jeopardy music here.) pic.twitter.com/Qz61Bkamet
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
My heart breaks for the Trebek family upon hearing this heartbreaking news. Alex Trebek was a legend. There was no one like him. Kind, elegant, talented, good. Heaven just became brighter and we here on earth mourn him. #alextrebek#RIPhttps://t.co/P4bWE9K7ok
Devastating news. Alex Trebek has been a staple in my house since I can remember. Some of my favorite memories as a kid was watching Jeopardy with my family. Ashley knows 7pm is Jeopardy time. This is just so sad. My thoughts are with his family today. #RIPAlexTrebekhttps://t.co/LUjvPVJiYr
RIP Alex Trebek, 80. Hosted 8000+ episodes of Jeopardy over 36 years. Received 31 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning 7 times. He was the greatest quiz show host in TV history - and a charming, humble, debonair gentleman beloved by his fans. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/KQzJRsUqwy
I had the pleasure of knowing Alex Trebek for almost 30 years... as fellow Canadians, we played hockey together, and told stories and made each other laugh... he was one of the truly nice guys... I will miss you Alex... RIP
Alex Trebek, you brought us so much knowledge, both important and fun, through the years. Your final battle with cancer was heroic, and we are heartbroken that it has taken you from us. I’ll take “Great TV Personas of Our Time” for $800. The heavens have all the answers now.
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