Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Death Mourned By Fans, Contestants And Hollywood

Bruce Haring
·5 min read

UPDATED with more reactions: Alex Trebek’s very public battle against pancreatic cancer ended today. Although he prepared the public and his friends and family for the inevitable, it still came as a shock this morning when news broke of his passing.

Trebek, who hosted the long-running Jeopardy! game show for 37 years, taped his last show at the end of October. His final appearance will be on December 25.

Reactions to his death poured in from contestants, fans and others who were touched by his warm, witty, yet authoritative television presence on Jeopardy! and many other shows throughout the years.

We’ll add reactions as they come, so refresh for more. The postings so far:

“I have lost one of my dearest friends. Little did I expect this as he was still laughing with me a day ago. Alex was without a doubt one of the funniest people God put on this earth.” — Ruta Lee (Co-host High Rollers)

“Alex was multi-talented… He could fix anything in the house, and often added additions to their home. He knew the wiring of a house and he knew the wiring of people. He was as comfortable re-doing a bathroom as he was phrasing questions to the contestants on the show. He was a great husband to Jean, a wonderful father to Matt and Emily, and we were lucky enough to be one of his few close friends. Eighty years seems like a long life, but Alex should have lived to a hundred. He deserved a century. We are all so grateful to have had him in our lives.” — Peter Marshall (Host Hollywood Squares)

“Alex was the Sinatra of our business. The word class defined him. In my view, there will never be another with such multiple talents.” — Wink Martindale (Host, The New Tic Tac Dough)

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