Hollywood is mourning the loss of beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who died on Sunday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. Sony confirmed he died "peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends."
Trebek served as host of Jeopardy! for more than 8,200 episodes across 37 seasons. Throughout the years, he earned the respect and friendship of numerous stars, fellow TV hosts, Jeopardy! contestants, and viewers who are all sharing their memories of him today.
Ken Jennings, the recently crowned greatest Jeopardy! contestant of all time, shared a photo of himself taking a selfie with the host on set, writing: "Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him."
Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020
Ken Jeong, who shared the screen with Trebek on Hot in Cleveland in 2014, tweeted a photo of the pair, with the caption: "Rest In Peace, Alex Trebek. Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers."
Rest In Peace, Alex Trebek. Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers. ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/MaOtcgvwYb
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) November 8, 2020
Fellow Canadian, Ryan Reynolds, shared that Trebek had recently filmed a scene in his upcoming movie Free Guy. "Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will."
Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 8, 2020
Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau shared the impact Trebek had after nearly three decades on TV. "We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia," he tweeted. "My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss."
We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/XoobAfJwBv
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 8, 2020
The PBS children's show Arthur shared a shot of an animated game show host Trebek had once played on the show, writing: "Thank you, Alex Trebek. Elwood City misses you already."
Thank you, Alex Trebek. Elwood City misses you already ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Dow9oLvFq1
— Arthur Read (@arthurpbs) November 8, 2020
See more tributes below:
We send our love and prayers to Mr. Trebek’s family and friends. He was a strong supporter of #BlackLivesMatter who believed deeply in racial justice. He was one of the kindest souls. BLMLA feels blessed to have called him friend. May the good that he has done last forever. https://t.co/XnHSWDaDZu
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) November 8, 2020
Television has lost a true treasure and icon. Alex was in a league of his own. Class act, grace and courage just scratch the surface. Always warm, friendly and unassuming. Robin & I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Trebek family. You are all in our prayers. https://t.co/OQgadVrVGe
— Dr. Phil (@DrPhil) November 8, 2020
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) November 8, 2020
We mourn the loss of #alextrebek -a friend, a colleague, an icon. He graced us with warmth, wit & pure elegance, which is why we welcomed him into our homes night after night, year after year.
We are deeply saddened for his wife Jean, his family & millions of Jeopardy fans.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) November 8, 2020
He was a sweet, smart and graceful gentleman always and will be missed as he rests in gentle peace. Who is Alex Trebek?#RIPAlexTrebek
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) November 8, 2020
I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2020
RIP to one of the sweetest souls I ever had the chance to spend time with, who was always funny and kind. RIP Mr. Trebek! Love and prayers to Jean and the family!❤️🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q22wqeatzt
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) November 8, 2020
Couldn't we have one nice weekend? A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek. https://t.co/Zq7RN6kSKk
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 8, 2020
We both worked out of NBC Burbank at start of our careers.
Later reminisced about our good fortune.
Classy, modest and gifted.
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) November 8, 2020
So saddened to hear Alex Trebek has died. It was an honor to share the dinner hour with him. He fought his cancer battle valiantly.
— David Muir (@DavidMuir) November 8, 2020
I am very sad to hear that Alex Trebek has passed away. He was a tremendously nice man and we're all going to miss him. His courage in these last years was something to see. RIP, Alex. And thank you.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 8, 2020
Greatest host of one of the greatest shows of all time who passed away sadly after a long battle with cancer.
......Who was Alex Trebek?
RIP Mr. Trebek. Thank you for always being there at the end of the day to take my mind off things.
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) November 8, 2020
RIP Alex Trebek. A true, true gentleman and courageous hero. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest 💛 pic.twitter.com/autbyxnlcs
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 8, 2020
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) November 8, 2020
RIP to a great giver of joy and knowledge. https://t.co/NsB6ejrBHQ
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) November 8, 2020