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Watch 'Jeopardy' Champion Burt Thakur Tearfully Thank Alex Trebek for Changing His Life

Olowokandi Fiyin
Nov 09, 2020
08:30 A.M.

The new update about late veteran star Alex Trebek showed an emotional moment when a contestant on "Jeopardy" tearfully thanked Trebek for his impact.

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Since the sad passing of "Jeopardy" legend Alex Trebek, fans and celebrities alike have filled social media with their heartfelt messages and tribute to the TV show host.

In honor of Trebek, the "Jeopardy" team brought back a pivotal moment when Brut Thakur, a champion on the show, emotionally shared the late star's positive influence in his life.

TV personality Alex Trebek at the screening of 'The Bridge on The River Kwai' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 7, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

TV personality Alex Trebek at the screening of 'The Bridge on The River Kwai' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 7, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

The short clip was taken from one of the show's episodes, where Thakur won the grand prize of $20,400. While the TV host asked him who he would like to give a shout out to, the winning contestant briefly talked about his grandfather who raised.

Before the announcement of his death, Trebek, 80, who had been battling pancreatic cancer, gave recent updates that his numbers were looking good.

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Getting teary, Thakur noted that he used to watch Trebek on TV with his grandfather while adding that the entertainer was his inspiration to learn the English language.

In another post, Thakur took to his Twitter page where he shared thoughtful words while paying his last respect to the Emmy-winning TV host. Thakur shared a photo of Trebek while sending condolences to the late star's family.

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Before the announcement of his death, Trebek, 80, who had been battling pancreatic cancer, gave recent updates that his numbers were looking good, adding that his treatment yielded good results.

Thakur's tribute to the "Double Dare" star also had him speaking to Today about his pleasant encounter with the TV star. He shared that Trebek was witty and interesting to talk to.

Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 30, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 30, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

The star contestant added that he noticed that Trebek was going through some pain during the game show, but the star did not let that affect him. He told the news site:

"As opposed to bowing his head and wincing, he kept on keeping on. It was this mentality that this is something bigger than myself. This is something that matters…"

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Other "Jeopardy" champs and former contestants who have paid tribute include Ted Berg, who shared that he appeared on "Jeopardy" when he did so that he could meet Trebek. Derek Lowe, who was on the show in the '90s, referred to the late entertainer as a pro. Dave Braxton noted that he was lucky to have met Trebek twice.

Alex Trebek graced the set of "Jeopardy" for over three decades, and he sure did make some indelible memories. One of these was when a contestant nearly brought him tears by reminding Trebek, on his answer slate, that he was loved.

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