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'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek dies at 80

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 12:56:55-05

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — "Jeopardy" game show host Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80.

The show reported the news Sunday afternoon on its Twitter account.

According to the Tweet: "Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex."

The Associated Press recently published a story where it said Trebek said that he was responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expected to mark his two-year survival next February 2021.

His doctor has said he was counting on that milestone, the “Jeopardy!” host said, “so I expect to be around ’cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”

Tests evaluating his progress show “I’m on the right track,” Trebek told “Good Morning America” in an interview that was conducted at his home and aired recently.

Trebek had said he had “lived a good, full life,” knew that he was nearing the end of it and was “not afraid of dying.”

He announced his cancer diagnosis in March 2019 and had continued to work on “Jeopardy” throughout his treatment.