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Beloved Jeopardy! host dies, grieving fans turn to social media

The host of the television game show Jeopardy! died this weekend. Legendary host Alex Trebek died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

A Jeopardy! official tweeted Trebek died "peacefully at home (...) surrounded by family and friends."

Trebek became the host of Jeopardy! in 1984. CNN says his final episode will air on Christmas.

CNN also notes Trebek is the latest icon to die this year of pancreatic cancer, following John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Fans took to Twitter to express their sadness.

Before he became known as the genial host of Jeopardy! Trebek began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1961. His first hosting job was for Music Hop in 1963.

He slowly built his resume as a host through the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Trebek eased into the world of Jeopardy! when host Art Fleming decline to return to the role.

The iconic host appeared in a number of movies, usually as himself.

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