Alex Trebek, the longtime Canadian host of the popular TV quiz show “Jeopardy!”, died last week after battling cancer. He was 80.
Trebek started with “Jeopardy!” in 1984 and lasted for a record-setting 37 years. Along the way he won six Emmy awards in the “outstanding host” category.
In March 2019, Trebek announced he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but was unaware of it until it had spread throughout his body.
The show’s producers said Trebek had hosted over 8,000 episodes of “Jeopardy!” surpassing Bob Barker’s record of 6,828 episodes on the iconic “The Price Is Right” from 1972-2007.
In 2016, Forbes ranked Trebek as the 11th highest paid TV host in the world, with an estimated annual salary of $16.5 million.
Naturalized in 1998, Reader’s Digest had Trebek in 2013 as No. 8 in its list of 100 most trusted Americans.
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