Source: ABC News

This Canadian-American game show icon hosted Jeopardy for more than 36 years and will be greatly missed. Who is: Alex Trebek.

Yesterday, Jeopardy producers confirmed on social media and with a press release that long-time host Alex Trebek had “passed away at home … surrounded by family and friends” following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Trebek initially announced his cancer diagnosis in a video last March. He went on to continue filming the show and, according to a press release, episodes hosted by Trebek will continue to air until Dec. 25. His last day in the studio was Oct. 29, and the show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time.

Last night, 20/20 aired a special hour-long broadcast, Alex Trebek Remembered, which followed his life and legacy. The special features candid interviews with Trebek and his loved ones, conducted by Michael Strahan, T.J. Holmes, and Robin Roberts. If you missed the 20/20 episode when it premiered last night, you can stream it today on Hulu.

Following the news of Trebek’s death, many former contestants, public figures, and celebrities posted tributes to the popular host on social media. Here are some of the touching messages that they shared:

Ken Jennings

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Big Sean

Last Week Tonight

James Holzhauer

George Takei

Ryan Reynolds

Justin Trudeau

John Legend

Burt Thakur

Brad Rutter

Lewis Black

Adam Weinstein

Steven Grade

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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley was a Senior Editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covered all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.