November 22, 2020
"Jeopardy!" show celebrated World Pancreatic Cancer Day with a pre-taped episode of the show's late host, Alex Trebek discussing the disease that killed him.
Alex Trebek hosted the popular game show "Jeopardy!" for over two decades until his death. The TV personality was recently seen in a pre-taped episode of the show, where he raised awareness about pancreatic cancer.
On November 19, less than a month after the 80-year-old died on November 8, the "Jeopardy!" host began the episode with an important message about the disease. He stated that it was "World Pancreatic Cancer Day" and asked viewers to be safe.
He implored them to get themselves or their loved ones tested if they experienced any of the symptoms he had discussed "in the past." According to him, pancreatic cancer "is a terrible disease."
[Trebek] hosted "Jeopardy!" for 37 seasons and has reportedly hosted more episodes than any "presenter of a TV game show."
The show also raised awareness via their Twitter account with a picture of the late host and his wife, Jean Trebek dressed in purple and white. They also asked fans to honor the 80-year-old's memory by wearing purple.
In March 2019, Trebek disclosed that he had stage IV pancreatic cancer. Although his odds were not favorable, but the TV personality declared he would fight the disease no matter what.
However, he lost the battle a year later. "Jeopardy!" confirmed that the host continued shooting episodes until October 29 and his pre-taped clips will keep airing with the final footage on December 25.
Earlier this year, the father-of-three told sources that he was able to host the show while enduring a great deal of pain because he was "good at faking it." His performance was also easier because of the love he has for "Jeopardy!"
However, his greatest worry was the "burden" on his wife's shoulders. The 80-year-old described Jean as a "saint" for her support during his battles. He also indicated that her inner "goodness" helped him "overcome difficult moments."
The icon hosted "Jeopardy!" for 37 seasons and has reportedly hosted more episodes than any "presenter of a TV game show." Trebek initially studied philosophy before he became a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
In 1966, he made his debut as a game show host on "Reach for the Top," followed by "Jackpot" before he found fame in 1984 as the host for "Jeopardy!" and this earned him seven Daytime Emmy Awards and a lifetime achievement award.
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