The TV world has lost one of its most recognizable faces with the passing of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. The Ontario, Canada native announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. The official Jeopardy! Twitter account shared that Trebek “passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Trebek had been the host of the popular television game show since 1984. After a few earlier bids, he earned Daytime Emmy nominations every year from 1989 through 2010 for Outstanding Game Show Host and returned with bids in 2013 and from 2017 through 2020. He won that prize seven times, most recently in 2019 and 2020, and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He also contended three times for hosting Classic Concentration. The Television Critics Association bestowed upon him its Career Achievement Award in 2020, and he earned a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1999.
Many notable people and institutions have put out touching tributes to Trebek’s memorable and endearing personality, and we’ve collected a few below.
It’s difficult to imagine someone else as the face of Jeopardy! Trebek will certainly be missed.