On Sunday, it was confirmed that Alex Trebek had sadly passed away, and now, Jeopardy's executive producer Mike Richards has revealed how the beloved star spent his final day...
The world has lost a legend.
via: GettyOn November 8th, it was confirmed that the Jeopardy! host had tragically died at the age of eighty.
The tributes were quick to flood in...
rip Alex Trebeck 🕊— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1604856522.0
Rest In Peace, Alex Trebeck. A brilliant educator and fixture of our lives for decades he made everyone who watched… https://t.co/vDQiT5EBVS— Tom Morello (@Tom Morello)1604858287.0
Look it sounds corny as hell and I'm sorry but Alex Trebeck meant so much to me and when I was alone and sad Jeopar… https://t.co/I0E2z9LOSr— Elle M. (they/them) (@Elle M. (they/them))1604857804.0
A great one is gone. RIP Alex Trebeck. https://t.co/v0gkiVm5oe— Marc Sessler (@Marc Sessler)1604856691.0
RIP Alex Trebeck. One of the last classy people on television 🙏🏼— Sheltered Corgi (@Sheltered Corgi)1604856235.0
These guys know nothing about sports. 😂 But Alex Trebeck had a knack for getting guests to show their human side. B… https://t.co/0QmRqXEwTR— Vic Vela (@Vic Vela)1604863698.0
This one hurts. He’s one of the reasons I became so interested in subjects like art, history & always wanting to co… https://t.co/300LnVrinD— Donna 🧚♀️ (@Donna 🧚♀️)1604858172.0
My dad & I are very sad about the passing of Alex Trebek. Watching @Jeopardy is such a nice tradition. It’s like Al… https://t.co/LRj32vnqVZ— Ash Kalra 🌱 (@Ash Kalra 🌱)1604981202.0
Alex Trebek, host of @Jeopardy, won the hearts of many including CIA's workforce. We will miss you, Alex. May you… https://t.co/JV9awQBn87— CIA (@CIA)1604935525.0
Now, for those of you that don't know, Trebek had hosted the popular quiz show for over thirty years.The beloved TV personality took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life.
But Trebek wasn't just a TV host - he was essentially America's dad.He knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But, last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. But, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.
via: GettyBecause it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
However, the host was still battling the disease.
via: GettyEven though he was not technically in remission, Trebek has vowed that he would keep working while he was "on the mend." He said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease."
It's needless to say, fans were delighted to see his return.The new season of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9th, and Trebek put on one hell of a show.
But fans were then hit with even more heartbreaking news.
via: GettyFollowing a loss of twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."
via: Getty"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.
via: GettyHe explained how he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo."
via: Getty"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."
via: Getty"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He remained dedicated to his job throughout his full ordeal, however...
via: GettyAnd Trebek insisted on working "as long as my skills do not diminish."
"I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving."
via: Getty“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’"
"I’m not afraid of dying."
via: Getty“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that?"
And, just before his death, he revealed who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy!
During an interview with Good Morning America earlier this year, the host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show.
He believed that she would be perfect for the job.
via: Getty"I have no say whatsoever in who will replace me when my days as the host of Jeopardy! end. But I joked with the audience and said Betty White because they want somebody younger and somebody funnier."
Well, on Sunday, the tragic day finally came.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
The Jeoprady! Twitter account quickly confirmed the reports...
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by fa… https://t.co/I8GuVbsvPY— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1604856442.0
And, as the grief continues over his passing, Jeopardy's executive producer Mike Richards has shared some touching details about the beloved star's final day.
via: IMDBRevealing that he spent it exactly how he always wanted.
Richards spoke to Today's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Monday
via: IMDB"He was incredibly hardworking, he cared about this show, he cared about the importance of the show and that it helped people want to be smarter...He made being smart cool."