Alex Trebek, the charmingly matter-of-fact host of the cerebral game show “Jeopardy!” for 36 years, has died following his highly publicized battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was 80.
The show’s Instagram account validated his death Sunday, posting simply, “‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and buddies. Thank you, Alex.”
The future TV star was born July 22, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. With a background in philosophy, Trebek aimed for a career in broadcast journalism, taking his first steps in that direction for the CBC while he was still in school at the University of Ottawa.
Covering news for the network, he first tried his hand at hosting with the 1963 Canadian music series “Music Hop,” and hosted his first quiz show, “Reach for the Top,” in 1966.
His hosting duties continued, and they expanded once he relocated to Los Angeles, where ……
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