Inside Alex Trebek’s Courageous Battle Against Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

When Alex Trebek announced that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019, he didn’t miss a day of work despite battling the frequently brutal effects of chemotherapy. (Since Jeopardy! began in 1984, Trebek has hosted nearly 8,000 episodes.) “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years,” Trebek said.

Fans immediately reacted with shock and support, sending cards, Tweets, holy water, prayer shawls and even cannabis. Trebek told journalists he felt extremely lucky for their good thoughts, positive energy, and prayers. “After you’re dead, people say, ‘Oh, he was such a good guy, we really liked him.’ But I am getting all that before that event. It makes me feel really, really good,” he’s said