Alex Trebek marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day in video recorded before his death: ‘This is a terrible, terrible disease’

Suzy Byrne
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
·2 min read

Alex Trebek continued to shine a spotlight on pancreatic cancer until his death.

The Jeopardy! host, who died from the disease on Nov. 8, taped a special message for World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which aired during Thursday’s show.

Wearing a purple tie, shirt and pin for the occasion, Trebek said, “A word about today — today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. If you or anyone you know has developed some of the symptoms that I have talked about in the past, then by all means, get to a doctor, get yourself tested.

Alex Trebek  (Screenshot: World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition)
Alex Trebek calls attention to World Pancreatic Cancer Day in video recorded before his Nov. 8 death from the disease. (Screenshot: World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition)

He ended by saying, “I want you to be safe. This is a terrible, terrible disease."

After it aired, his wife, Jean Trebek, shared a photo of them together, in purple for pancreatic cancer awareness, and wrote, “Alex, you are my forever hero.”

The show shared the same photo of the couple with a quote from Jean that said, “It’s about time we stop taking for granted the preciousness of each day and start living in the full experience of kindness and coherency.”

Jeopardy! also called on viewers to “wear purple in honor of Alex,” and linked to World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, an organization Trebek had worked with since his March 2019 diagnosis.

Trebek recorded Jeopardy! up until his death, and his final episode airs on Christmas Day.

No replacement has been announced, but there are many names being offered up by the public, from the show’s biggest winner, Ken Jennings, to LeVar Burton, suggested through a petition by fans.

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