By Zachary Leeman | March 7, 2019
Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The diagnosis was revealed by Trebek, 78, in a Wednesday YouTube video.
“Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” he said. “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 rate statistics for this disease.”
Trebek has hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984.
The reactions online to his cancer diagnosis showed what a beloved and essential part of American culture the game show host has become over the decades.
Check out some of the heartwarming comments below:
Pancreatic cancer took my mother a decade ago. It's a nasty disease but I'm praying for Alex Trebek and his positive attitude will serve him well in the fight ahead. #FuckCancer https://t.co/z8uBMnhxIJ
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) March 7, 2019
Dear Alex Trebek,
I just want to remind you that you are Alex Trebeck!
You are the intellectual Bruce Lee.
You can beat this and I pray you do.
God be with you, sir.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) March 7, 2019
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take r kelly leave alex trebek alone i beg of you pic.twitter.com/QUIOmexZFx
— katie (@tht1internetgrl) March 7, 2019
God Bless you Alex Trebek and anyone else who is Fighting Cancer. “Don’t just keep the Faith.. Share the Faith!” Proverbs 3:5&6…
— Mr. T (@MrT) March 7, 2019
Alex Trebek was so wonderful to me when I was competing on @Jeopardy against @ananavarro and @alfranken. I came in, sigh, last (yes Ana😒), but he made me feel like a winner. I’m rooting and praying for you Alex! https://t.co/I0dF5FSHlZ
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) March 7, 2019
For decades, Alex Trebek has enlightened and educated the nation through Jeopardy. By courageously sharing his diagnosis and raising awareness about pancreatic cancer, he continues to serve the public. Thank you, Alex. You are a national treasure. pic.twitter.com/yX6Jl63vbO
— Dr. Ned Sharpless (@NCIDirector) March 7, 2019
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