Celebrities and contestants pay tribute to Alex Trebek after 'Jeopardy!' host's death: 'The answer is thank you'

The long-time game show host passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer

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After news broke that Alex Trebek had died aged 80 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, social media was flooded with tributes to the beloved Jeopardy! game show host.

From former contestants and celebrities to fellow TV hosts and politicians, messages of fond memories and condolences were shared on Twitter.

Read on to discover some of the most stirring tributes.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis shared what many fans have likely wanted to say to Trebek, who was known for his quick wit and kindness.

Ryan Reynolds

Actor Ryan Reynolds also shared his memories of when the two filmed Free Guy together, calling him "gracious and funny" as well as "of course, Canadian".

Robert Iger

The Walt Disney Co executive chairman Robert Iger called Trebek “a friend, a colleague, an icon” while paying tribute.

John Legend

Singer John Legend shared his memories of growing up with Trebek's game show as a child in Ohio.

Padma Lakshmi

As did television host and author Padma Lakshmi.

Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also paid tribute, sharing a photo of the two together and thanking Trebek for entertaining and educating millions of people around the world.

George Takei

Actor George Takei thanked Trebek for all he had done and called him "heroic" in his fight with pancreatic cancer.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres thanked him for all he had done in his 36 years as Jeopardy! host.

Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy! champion, who holds the record for the longest winning streak at 74 games, shared a selfie of himself and Trebek, writing: "I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him."

James Holzhauer

Another Jeopardy! champion, James Holzhauer, said spending time with Trebek was "one of the greatest privileges" of his life.

He also shared a story about how game show contestants come and go, but Trebek was the real star.

Brad Rutter

Brad Rutter, who had a 22-game winning streak on the show, also sent a tweet thanking Trebek for everything he gave to the world.


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