Alex Trebek


Popular game show host Alex Trebek has died aged 80 after a long battle with the dreaded pancreatic cancer. Trebek was instantly known for his role as the host of the popular American quiz show Jeopardy, in which contestants have to frame their answers in the form of a question. Trebek started hosting the show in 1984 and will continue to host it until Christmas this year, the magic of pre-recording. Trebek’s easy going nature and rapid fire question ability made him the equal of a great like Bob Monkhouse. All in all, he hosted over 7000 episodes of Jeopardy, a world record for any quiz show host.

Elsewhere, he was one of the Men in Black in The X-Files, alongside Jesse Ventura. He also tried to moderate the Pennsylvania governor’s debate in 2018. It did not go as well as his stint on Jeopardy. When he was diagnosed in 2019 with pancreatic cancer, he joked that he needed to go on until 2022 for contractual reasons. That’s the dead for you, always breaking the small print…

No comment from the US government on who will tell us the things we see in the sky are only the planet Venus now, however. Mind you, Alex Trebek also appeared at WrestleMania 7, a decision which is swiftly turning out to be more fatal than any cancer known on Earth. Watch out Marla Marples and Jake the Snake!

Alex Trebek, who breaks the Drop 40 record for hits in a year, was picked by 116 teams. It would be quicker to say who didn’t score, but some of the other names include Shiva in the Park, Skinny Kiltrunnr, Phantom, Grief Hijackers, Mr C, Misers, and three former DDP winners. The Love Boat remains ahead of the pack, but Reptile’s lead is ten points over unfancied Once You Go Black.

Alex Trebek
22 July 1940 – 8 November 2020
116 teams