The host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek died at the age of 80

The Jeopardy host! Alex Trebek died at the age of 80

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Jean-Simon Milette Le Droit The host of the popular American game show Jeopardy !, Alex Trebek, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

This was confirmed by the popular TV show's official Twitter account on Sunday.

He became a beloved figure among audiences thanks to the warm demeanor and quick wit he brought to the game show. He will have been at the helm of the daily show for 36 years.

He also hosted, in French and English, the finale of the program Génies enherbe in 1978.

During his career, Mr. Trebek won no less than five Emmy Awards. He will have received a total of 27 nominations. He also played his own role in 70 American television series and films.

He also holds the Guinness Record for the most shows hosted by the same host.

Most recently, Mr. Trebek helped the Ottawa Senators announce their first selection in the last National Hockey League draft.

Mr. Trebek had been fighting pancreatic cancer for several years. He announced in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

He admitted that the survival rate was low, but vowed to “fight” and “keep working”.

He died on Sunday morning at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.

The Jeopardy host! Alex Trebek died at the age of 80

The inauguration of the Alex Trebek pavilion at the University of Ottawa Étienne Ranger, Archives Le Droit

Great philanthropist

Born in Sudbury to a Franco-Ontarian mother and a Ukrainian father, Alex Trebek left his mark in the federal capital, he who is also recognized for his numerous financial commitments to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa ( Ud'O).

He who graduated from Ud'O in philosophy in 1961, Mr. Trebek has donated nearly $ 10 million to the Ottawa educational institution over the years.

He is also the source of the 2016 creation of the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, which aims to discuss current and constructive ideas on issues of importance to Canadian society.

In 2015, Ud'O announced the creation of the first pavilion for university graduates. This pavilion is named after Alex Trebek.

With The Canadian Press

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