Alex Trebek passes away at age 80

Jeopardy! Host and WrestleMania VII Celebrity Guest Host Alex Trebek has passed away  after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  Trebek was 80.

According to Jeopardy’s Twitter, Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning surrounded by family and friends.

Trebek was a celebrity guest host at WrestleMania VII, which took place on March 24, 1991 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.  During the show, he worked as a ring announcer for the main event between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter.  He also conducted backstage interviews with Demolition and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

According to TMZ, Alex Trebek’s last day taping episodes as the host of Jeopardy! was October 29. Those episodes featuring Trebek will run through Christmas 2020.

Trebek began as the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ in 1984. He announced publicly on March 6, 2019 that he was battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  However, he continued to host the show amid ongoing chemotherapy treatments.

WWE issued the following statement on Trebek’s passing:

WWE is saddened to learn that Alex Trebek has passed away at the age of 80.

The game show legend became an icon as he hosted “Jeopardy!” for 36 years, and he traversed the WWE Universe in the process, playing a prominent role at WrestleMania VII. Trebek served as a backstage interviewer and was the guest ring announcer for the WWE Championship clash between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter.

A seven-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Game Show Host, Trebek hosted several other shows, including “The Wizard of Odds,” “Double Dare,” and more.

WWE extends is condolences to Trebek’s family, friends, and fans.

From the entire staff at Wrestleview, we send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Alex Trebek during this sad and difficult time.