Canada has lost one of its most beloved icons.
Alex Trebek, longtime host of the quiz show “Jeopardy!” died Sunday at the age of 80 surrounded by family and friends at his home in California.
The Sudbury, Ont., native, who debuted as host of “Jeopardy!” in 1984, announced his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2019.
“Thanks to the — believe it or not — hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well,” Trebek said a week after telling the world of his diagnosis. “I’m a lucky guy.”
Following the news of his passing on Sunday, that outpouring of love continued, with figures from around the sports world mourning the loss of one of Canada’s best.
RIP Alex Trebek https://t.co/bO6INyeRm1
— Jimmy Vesey (@19Vesey) November 8, 2020
Rip legend pic.twitter.com/00MNpGRG36
— Justin Bailey (@JustinBailey95) November 8, 2020
The Ottawa REDBLACKS mourn the loss of Alex Trebek, a Canadian icon and king of trivia.
Our condolences go out to Mr. Trebek's family, friends, and fans all over the world pic.twitter.com/Gqboemp0jx
— Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) November 8, 2020
Forever one of our coolest moments right here.
RIP, Mr. Trebek https://t.co/Ly1m5KqRXB
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 8, 2020
6p weeknights will never be the same. So many great memories and thankful to have met him # https://t.co/W6TLqJy2Ug
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) November 8, 2020
A true icon. RIP https://t.co/622AHukmhL
— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) November 8, 2020
An inspiration and an icon, and RIP Alex Trebek https://t.co/O04VRa8Nr8
— Kia Nurse (@KayNurse11) November 8, 2020
RIP Alex pic.twitter.com/NfzlcLhp2K
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 8, 2020
A legend and a proud . RIP https://t.co/dRyG9Q8AZ4
— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek represented the very best in a person. RIP.
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) November 8, 2020