Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died November 8, 2020 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. Trebek, who was born in Ontario, Canada, was a familiar face in many American homes, having been the face of the country’s most popular quiz show for 35 years. He was, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet, 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,” Trudeau said.
Trebek received a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2019 but never missed a day of work. Taping days are notoriously grueling — they shoot five episodes per day. The show has not yet announced who will succeed the hard-working Canadian as the next man (or woman) with all the answers (well, the questions, in this case).