Following a battle with pancreatic cancer, it emerged this afternoon that legendary television host Alex Trebek had sadly passed away, aged 80. Trebek was best known for his work as the host of the “Jeopardy!” quiz show.
Fans of wrestling will also have known him for his work with WWE. At WrestleMania VII back in 1981, Alex Trebek served as a guest celebrity and special ring announcer. WWE has issued the following statement following his passing:
WWE is saddened to learn that Alex Trebek has passed away at the age of 80.
The game show legend became an icon as he hosted “Jeopardy!” for 36 years, and he traversed the WWE Universe in the process, playing a prominent role at WrestleMania VII. Trebek served as a backstage interviewer and was the guest ring announcer for the WWE Championship clash between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter.
A seven-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Game Show Host, Trebek hosted several other shows, including “The Wizard of Odds,” “Double Dare,” and more.
WWE extends is condolences to Trebek’s family, friends, and fans.
WrestleTalk would like to extend its best wishes to the friends, family and fans of Alex Trebek at this incredibly challenging time.