Jeopardy host Alex Trebek dies at 80

Jade Coats, Staff Writer

Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy! passed away on November 8 at age 80. He spent his last day watching the horizon with his loving wife. 

Trebek fought a long battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Even with this, he continued his job as the well-known host of the popular trivia show. 

Mike Richard, the show’s executive producer, spoke about Trebek on the Today Show and his last days,  “He was coherent, he wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a nice, final day makes all of us in the Jeopardy! family feel much better.” 

Trebek’s death is a huge loss to the Jeopardy! staff, his family, his viewers, and also his friends. People on social media stated that although they were only viewers of his show, Trebek felt almost like a friend to them. Trebek gave entertainment and joy to viewers all over America.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also had things to say about Trebek and exactly how he felt when meeting the Jeopardy! host, “I think to be starstruck, it has to be a combination of not just really having a connection to somebody deep and meaningful and nostalgic, but when you meet that person, they have the presence and the charisma that you kind of hoped they would, and he definitely did. I was so excited, trying to keep it together and act like it wasn’t the huge deal that it was to me on the inside.” 

If Aaron Rodgers can’t convince you how much Americans loved Trebek, his over 30 Emmy nominations will. Jeopardy! has more Emmys than any other game show in America. Trebek personally has won Emmys as well.

Even with Trebek’s death, he will be remembered all over the world for his very sarcastic, blunt humor and great show.