Late host Alex Trebek raises pancreatic cancer awareness on new ‘Jeopardy!’: ‘I want you to be safe’

November 20, 2020

Alex Trebek honored World Pancreatic Cancer Day on a posthumous episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired on Thursday.

At the beginning of the episode, the late game show host and legend urged fans to get screened if they are exhibiting any symptoms of the disease.

"If you or anyone you know has developed some of the symptoms that I have talked about in the past, then by all means, get to a doctor, get yourself tested, I want you to be safe," he said. "This is a terrible, terrible disease."

“Jeopardy!” also posted a tribute to Trebek on its official Twitter account on Thursday. The graphic, also in honor of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, featured a quote from the late host’s wife, Jean Trebek.

“It’s about time we stop taking for granted the preciousness of each day and start living in the full experience of kindness and consistency,” Jean’s quote read.

She also shared a post on her Instagram honoring the day.

“Alex, you are forever my hero,” she wrote in the caption.

Trebek passed away Nov. 8 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March 2019. He was 80.

After announcing his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Trebek continued to host the quiz show until last month.

The show’s executive producer Mike Richards shared that his last day in the studio was October 29, and episodes with Trebek will air until Christmas Day.

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