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Sport present host Alex Trebek poses on the set of “Jeopardy!” on April 17, 2010, in Culver Metropolis, California.

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Up to date 1016 GMT (1816 HKT) November 9, 2020

Sport present host Alex Trebek poses on the set of “Jeopardy!” on April 17, 2010, in Culver Metropolis, California.

Amanda Edwards/Getty Pictures

Alex Trebek, the genial “Jeopardy!” host with all of the solutions and a reassuring presence within the TV game-show panorama for 5 a long time, has died. He was 80.

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek handed away peacefully at house early this morning, surrounded by household and mates,” mentioned a press release shared on the present’s Twitter account Sunday. “Thanks, Alex.”

The reason for dying was not instantly introduced. Trebek revealed in March 2019 he had been recognized with stage four pancreatic most cancers, triggering an outpouring of assist and effectively needs on the time.

Over 37 seasons, Trebek hosted greater than 8,200 episodes of “Jeopardy!” — probably the most by a presenter of any single TV sport present, in keeping with a press release from Sony Photos.

Born in Sudbury, Canada, he studied philosophy earlier than turning into a journalist, working as a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. In 1966, whereas in his mid-20s, he switched from journalism to internet hosting sport exhibits, beginning with a quiz present titled “Attain for the High” and adopted just a few years later by one other, “Jackpot.”

Apart from his internet hosting work, which included such exhibits as “Traditional Focus” and “Excessive Rollers,” Trebek was lively as a philanthropist, participating in USO Excursions visiting US troops abroad and serving as a spokesman for varied charities, together with WorldVision.