Alex Trebek Dies — How TV Journalists Bret Baier and Anderson Cooper Honored Him
Alex Trebek, host of the popular game show "Jeopardy!" recently passed away at 80. Fellow TV personalities Anderson Cooper and Bret Baier honored the late icon with touching tributes on Instagram.
Alex Trebek was a TV personality, best known for hosting the "Jeopardy!" game show for 36 years until his death. The icon's memory was honored by fellow TV hosts Anderson Cooper and Bret Baier on Instagram.
Cooper shared a picture of himself and Trebek posing together in matching formal attires. The late host wore a grey suit paired with a white shirt and a black tie, while the "Anderson Live" host wore a black suit over a white shirt and a blue tie.
TV personality Alex Trebek at the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation at the Official Residence of Canada on June 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images
[Trebek's] death came a year after he was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in 2019.
The 53-year-old captioned the post with a lengthy message where he expressed his grief over Trebek's death and praised him for his courage during his last moments and his achievements in the industry.
Baier also shared similar sentiments in his post, a picture of the "Jeopardy!" host. The FOX new's anchor captioned the post with a statement confirming Trebek's death at 80 after losing the battle against pancreatic cancer.
Baier and Cooper are no strangers to losing their loved ones to cancer. Earlier in June, Cooper paid tribute to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, on the first anniversary of her death with a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.
The father-of-one shared pictures of his mother on his Instagram story and a video of her laughing on her hospital bed, moments after they were told she wouldn't make it. He described Vanderbilt as a woman who never lost her "childlike optimism" despite life's hardships.
In September, Bret announced on Instagram that his father, Bill, had died after a longtime battle with cancer. The father-of-two uploaded a picture of himself posing with his father and disclosed in the caption that he was grateful he "got to say goodbye."
The 50-year-old admitted that his father taught him the importance of working hard, which helped Baier's career and inspired him to create a "grass-cutting business" when he was a teenager.
The father-of-two and Cooper were not the only ones grieving over the death of Alex Trebek, who died on November 8. The TV personality's death came a year after he was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in 2019.
The "Jeopardy!" host told fans that same year that he would keep hosting the show while battling the disease. Before his death, Trebek suffered several health problems, including two heart attacks, a torn Achilles tendon, and a knee replacement.