"Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends," the statement read.
Trebek Was Diagnosed In 2019 & Stayed Positive About His Diagnosis
Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March 2019. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Trebek made the announcement in a YouTube video. He remained optimistic, telling his millions of fans that he was set to undergo treatment.
"Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease," he said at the time.
Immediately following his diagnosis, Trebek started chemotherapy. He hadn't made any plans to retire from hosting Jeopardy and continued filming the show until the coronavirus shut down production. Many people were under the impression that Trebek was doing well, despite the odds that had been stacked against him.
According to The American Cancer Association, there is a 50 percent survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients over five years. However, according to Healthline, the median survival rate for a person diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is two to six months.
Trebek Was Set To Resume Hosting 'Jeopardy' In July
Throughout the course of Trebek's treatment, he remained positive. It was presumed that he was part of Jeopardy's production when it was scheduled to resume in July. According to CNN, precautions were put in place to keep everyone safe amid the pandemic.
"While some things may have changed behind the scenes and on the set to keep everyone safe, fans can expect to see the same Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy they have come to love when the season starts," a statement from a Sony Pictures Television spokesperson read at the time.
Trebek Received Tremendous Recognition & Won Numerous Awards
For his hosting duties on Jeopardy, Trebek received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times and was nominated a record 31 times. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys.
Trebek was recognized with a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame.
In 2014, Trebek set a Guinness World Record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter with a whopping total of 6,829, a number on which he's since built. The record was previously held by Bob Barker, longtime host of The Price Is Right.
Trebek received honorary doctorate degrees from Fordham University and the University of Ottawa, his alma mater, which named its alumni center after him.