Alex Trebek has been the host of the trivia-based game show “Jeopardy!” since its inception in 1984.
One of the most recognizable faces on television, Trebek recently shocked his fans with news regarding his health.
As multiple news outlets are reporting, the 78-year-old has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, Trebek — a father of two — told his longtime fans:
“Hi, everyone, I have some news to share with all of you. And it is in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.”
“Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”
He went on to say that he is going to try his best to finish out this most recent season of “Jeopardy!”
Watch his full message below:
Trebek then vowed to beat the cancer despite the odds stacked against him:
“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
The longtime host also revealed a health scare in early 2018, as Dearly previously reported, when he went on a temporary hiatus following a surgery he had as a result of fall he had in October 2017.
Two months after the fall, Trebek was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, which is “a collection of blood within the skull, most commonly caused by the rupture of a blood vessel within the brain or from trauma such as a car accident or fall.”
Trebek was able to make a full recovery from that brain surgery.