Stay strong. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek shared some heartbreaking news with the world on March 6, revealing that he has sadly been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The TV icon said this prognosis is normally “not very encouraging,” but he vowed to beat the disease.
Alex, 78, recorded a video message informing people of his health struggles. “Hi everyone. I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base,” the iconic host began. “Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Alex said.
“I’m going to fight this,” he declared. “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.” As of now, Alex is reportedly hoping to finish out the season.
The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019
Alex concluded, “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.” After hearing the news, Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak, took to Twitter with a statement.
“The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer,” it read. “Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.”
Alex has become a fan-favorite over the years, having hosted the hit game show since 1984. The TV personality briefly took a leave of absence in January 2018 after having surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. We’re wishing Alex and his loved ones the best during this tough time.
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