Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away early this morning after a battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. The show’s Twitter account confirmed his death, noting that he died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. He was 80 years old.
As soon as the tragic news broke, musicians took to social media to pay their respects and share personal stories and memories of Trebek’s 37-season tenure on the game show.
“I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio,” John Legend recalled. “I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.”
“true story: when we were originally crafting ‘a few words for the firing squad’ off RTJ4 we were going to make it a sequel to ‘jeopardy’ from RTJ2 and call it ‘final jeopardy,’ Run The Jewels’ El-P divulged. “we reached out to alex trebeks people and tried to get him on the jam but couldn’t make it happen.”
El-P shared a separate tweet expressing what Trebek meant to him, personally. “to me Alex represented a calm joy of knowledge and it’s pursuit,” he wrote. “he had a gentlemanly demeanor and seemingly kind soul and used intelligence playfully and encouragingly. sad to see him go and hope he rests peacefully.”
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