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On this day in history, March 6, 2019, Alex Trebek shares cancer diagnosis with the world

On this day in history, March 6, 2019, Alex Trebek shares cancer diagnosis with the world

On March 6, 2019, Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the long-running game show "Jeopardy!", shared with the world that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

In a video message posted to the "Jeopardy!" YouTube channel, Trebek explained that he wanted to be open about his diagnosis and promised to continue hosting the show as long as he was able.

"Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Trebek said in the 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."

Trebek went on to express his gratitude for the support he had already received from fans of the show and his family.

"I've had so many people in my life who've had cancer, but the one thing that it does is it makes you strong," he said. "I'm going to keep working, 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 remained true to his word and continued to host "Jeopardy!" throughout his cancer treatment. He underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and even hosted the show while wearing a wig, as his hair had fallen out due to the treatment.

Fans of the show rallied around Trebek during his illness, and many were inspired by his courage and determination. In an interview with ABC News in 2020, Trebek reflected on the outpouring of support he had received.

"I think I've become a bit of a spokesman for pancreatic cancer, because everybody seems to want to know how I'm doing," he said. "I've had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer or are going through it right now, and they have thanked me for being an inspiration to them."

Despite his valiant efforts, Trebek's cancer ultimately proved too difficult to overcome. He passed away on November 8, 2020, at the age of 80.

Trebek's legacy lives on, however, as he left an indelible mark on the world of television and on the millions of people who watched him on "Jeopardy!" over the course of his 36-year tenure as host.

On March 6, 2019, Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the long-running game show "Jeopardy!", shared with the world that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

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