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Canadian Legend Alex Trebek Of Jeopardy Dies At Age 80

Alex Trebek poses in the press room at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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Alex Trebek poses in the press room at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Canadian-American television personality Alex Trebek, who was the longtime host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy!, passed away on Sunday. People shared messages of condolences following the news of his death at age 80.

Trebek died early Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement released by “Jeopardy!” officials.

“This is an enormous loss for the JEOPARDY! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans. He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years,” Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, said in a statement. “Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host JEOPARDY! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

Over his three decades with the show, he has hosted nearly 8,200 episodes — a Guinness World Record.

“Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. “For 37 amazing years, Alex, was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of JEOPARDY! and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives.”

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