Jeopardy host Alex Trebek says 'I'm not afraid of dying' amid cancer treatment

Posted at 11:44 AM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 11:44:10-04

(WXYZ/CNN) — Last month, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek said he was back in chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and in a new interview with CTV, he said he isn't afraid of dying.

In the interview with CTV, Trebek said, "I’m not afraid of dying. I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?

“One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon,'" Trebek said.

Earlier this year, Trebek said he was going well and that his medical reports had approached normal levels, but then began losing weight.

"I lost about 12 pounds in a week," Trebek said. "And my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again, and that's what I'm doing."

Trebek announced his diagnosis in March.

He told People magazine in May he was "near remission," according to his doctors.

"It's kind of mind-boggling," Trebek said then. "The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory ... some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent."