(WXYZ) — "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80 after a public battle with pancreatic cancer, the game show confirmed on Twitter Sunday.
Trebek announced his battle with the terminal disease in March 2019. Since then, the beloved host has been very public with his illness saying in social media posts and interviews that he wished he had known of his illness sooner, and also that he wasn't afraid of dying.
Trebek died peacefully at his home and was surrounded by family and friends.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
New episodes in the show's 37th season started airing mid-September. At the time, Trebek said he was excited to get back to work and was feeling good.
“I believe we are the first quiz show to come back on the air in the COVID-19 era. On a personal level, I’m excited because it gets me out of the house. It gives me something to do on a regular basis, and I was missing that," Trebek said in September.
Trebek has hosted "Jeopardy!" since 1984.
Many are reliving Trebek's most inspirational moments on social media. Watch clips below.
Alex's impact is immeasurable. Thank you for sharing, Burt! pic.twitter.com/XgGGwJ8GlH— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 6, 2020