Alex Trebek Dead at Age 80 After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

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Longtime "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek has passed away today at the age of 80 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

"Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,'' the game show's official Twitter account announced Sunday morning.

Trebek began hosting the syndicated half-hour trivia show in 1984 and has been taping episodes throughout the last year while battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In July, Trebek announced that he was "doing well" and was looking forward to returning as host of the show in September.

"I've been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal,'' Trebek said in a video posted to the show's official Twitter account. "My numbers are good. I'm feeling great.''

"...I can't wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September,'' Trebek said. "Meanwhile, my wish for all of you -- stay safe.''

Reactions to his death poured in immediately.

"Very sorry to hear the news about Alex Trebek. Condolences to his family,'' tweeted actor William Shatner.

"Greatest host of one of the greatest shows of all time who passed away sadly after a long battle with cancer. ......Who was Alex Trebek? RIP Mr. Trebek. Thank you for always being there at the end of the day to take my mind off things,'' actor Armie Hammer tweeted.

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