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Alex Trebek, Ottawa's favourite game show host, dies at 80

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy host and University of Ottawa alumus, has passed away at the age of 80.

The broadcaster had announced last year that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek graduated uOttawa in 1961 with a degree in philosophy and received Key to the City from Mayor Jim Watson in 2016. After the news broke, Ottawans were quick with condolences and memories:

Mayor Jim Watson tweeted that “the world lost an outstanding Canadian this morning.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued this statement on Sunday:

“Today, we lost a proud Canadian and beloved TV star who was a familiar face to millions of people across North America and around the world.

“For many of us, Alex Trebek was a daily part of our lives. As the host of Jeopardy! for almost four decades, he hosted more episodes of a single television game show than anyone else in history. We looked forward to his quick wit and wry jokes – and the questions about Canada he’d sneak into the show.

“Alex never hesitated to promote Canada on prime time TV, and to take the opportunity to stump even the brightestcontestants with questions about Canadian culture, history, and geography.

“We will also never forget the night Alex showed up without his trademark moustache. For every memorable moment on the show, millions more were made in living rooms around the world, as friends and families huddled around the TV, shouting at the screen, looking for the Daily Double.

“Alex was honoured with awards throughout his career, from Daytime Emmys and a Canadian Academy Icon Award to stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his dedication to educational, environmental, and humanitarian causes. Alex also served as Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to Alex’s family, friends, and his many, many fans.”


Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is the publisher and editor of OttawaStart.com. He currently studies math and physics at the University of Ottawa, and has previously studied journalism and pre-technology (separately) at Algonquin College.