Alex Trebek died

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The popular US television presenter Alex Trebek, who directed the quiz program “Jeopardy!” For three and a half decades, died at the age of 80 after suffering from cancer.

Trebek was "peaceful" on Sunday and fell asleep in his house surrounded by family and friends, the "Jeopardy!" Team announced on the Internet service Twitter.

The TV star had fought pancreatic cancer for almost two years with public sympathy. Still, he continued to record his quiz show until recently.

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Trebek had moderated “Jeopardy!” Since 1984. His confident demeanor, intelligent comments and smart humor made him a cult figure. He won the US Emmy Television Award five times. He was also honored with a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Trebek came from the Canadian province of Ontario and obtained US citizenship in 1998. "We have lost an icon," wrote Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter. Trebek has “entertained and trained millions of people around the world”. The former head of the Disney group, Bob Iger, called Trebek "a friend, a colleague, an icon". Disney subsidiary ABC was one of the stations that broadcast Trebek's show.

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Even before he suffered from cancer, the moderator had to struggle with serious health problems. He survived two heart attacks and a bad car accident.

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After he made his cancer disease public, Trebek received a flood of solidarity messages. Many fans wrote that they felt inspired by his combative handling of the disease.

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Trebek worked for the Canadian broadcaster CBC at the beginning of his career. In 1973 he moved to the United States to host a game show entitled "The Wizard of Odds" on NBC. In 1984 he took over the management of “Jeopardy!” From his friend Art Fleming. Trebek leaves behind a wife and two children. (AFP)