George Alexander Trebek is a popular Canadian-American television host and personality. He hosted the program for thirty-six years until his death in 2020. Then he hosted many number of game shows like Double Dare, The Wizard of Odds, Battlestars, Classic and lots more. Moroever, Alex Trebek Jeopardy host became one of the highlights of his career. At the age of his death, he was eighty. He was suffering from Stage IV of Pancreatic cancer from 2019. However, he died a peaceful death at his home. Know all the details about the life story and death of Alex Trebek.
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Trebek’s birthplace is Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and his birth date is July 22, 1940. His father’s name is George Edward Trebek who was a chef. He emigrated from Ukraine when he was a child. Then the name of Trebek’s mother is Lucille Lagacé who was a Franco-Ontarian. That is why Trebek grew up in a bilingual household where both English and French got spoken.
When Trebek was thirteen he worked as a Bellhop at a hotel. Then he went to Sudbury High School and the University of Ottawa. He was a graduate of the University of Ottawa and got a degree in philosophy in 1961. From young age, he had an interest in broadcast news.
– Game show career
In 1973 Trebek decided to go to the United States. He began to work for NBC as a host for the game show The Wizard of Odds. Then he hosted the show, Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley. Like the other hosts of his day, he appeared in TV series and movies as himself. He worked in shows both in the US and also in Canada. One of the famous shows he hosted is Jeopardy!. Trebek has come multiple times in the Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
On June 13, 2014, Alex Trebek world record for hosting most episodes than any other got recognised by Guinness World records. He also made several appearances in television commercials. Before his death, he made a cameo in 2020 NHL Entry Draft on October 6, 2020.
Trebek’s first wife was Elaine Callei in 1974. There were no Alex Trebek children with her but the couple adopted a daughter named Nicki. But they divorced in 1981. Later in 1990, he got married to Jean Currivan who is a real estate manager working in New York. Alex Trebek’s Kids with her are Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek.
The net worth of Alex Trebek
Alex Trebek became a rich man because of hosting TV shows. Many of the shows he worked for became famous. Alex Trebek net worth is $75 million.
The death of Alex Trebek
On March 6, 2019, Trebek got diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He suffered from stomach aches because of the disease. However, he kept on hosting Jeopardy!. He shared in an interview that he is not afraid of dying because he has lived a good full life.
He was able to endure through one year of cancer treatment however he died in his Los Angeles home on November 8, 2020, at age eighty. Alex Trebek death has saddened his family and also the people who knew him well.
Alex Trebek has left a legacy of shows for people to see for many years. His colleagues and fans miss him as he was a great human being.