Canada has lost one of its most beloved icons.
Alex Trebek, longtime host of the quiz show "Jeopardy!" died Sunday at the age of 80 surrounded by family and friends at his home in California.
The Sudbury, Ont., native, who debuted as host of "Jeopardy!" in 1984, announced his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2019.
“Thanks to the — believe it or not — hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well,” Trebek said a week after telling the world of his diagnosis. “I’m a lucky guy.”
Following the news of his passing on Sunday, that outpouring of love continued, with figures from around the sports world mourning the loss of one of Canada's best.
"Alex was a true and much beloved Canadian icon, and a very special member of the Ottawa Senators family," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We will always be grateful to Alex for the special role he played in announcing the Senators' first draft choice this year. For his legions of fans, Alex's class and professionalism will endure as will his love for our game. Thank you, Alex, for your legacy. The Senators family and the entire Capital Region will miss you." — Ottawa Senators
We send our condolences to the family and friends of Alex Trebek, a true friend of the game and part of the NHL family. He will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/FhDA9H4XI6
— NHL (@NHL) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek was a fighter, a gentleman, and a legend. Just like many fans, I also enjoyed watching jeopardy growing up. I’m happy I got to meet the man. Sending love to Alex’s family. RIP pic.twitter.com/kNsv3VNzQw
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) November 8, 2020
RIP Alex Trebek https://t.co/bO6INyeRm1
— Jimmy Vesey (@19Vesey) November 8, 2020
Rip legend pic.twitter.com/00MNpGRG36
— Justin Bailey (@JustinBailey95) November 8, 2020
“Who is the Greatest of all Time”
A true Canadian legend. https://t.co/cm0dK4BkwY
— CFL (@CFL) November 8, 2020
The Ottawa REDBLACKS mourn the loss of Alex Trebek, a Canadian icon and king of trivia.
Our condolences go out to Mr. Trebek's family, friends, and fans all over the world pic.twitter.com/Gqboemp0jx
— Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) November 8, 2020
Forever one of our coolest moments right here.
RIP, Mr. Trebek https://t.co/Ly1m5KqRXB
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 8, 2020
6p weeknights will never be the same. So many great memories and thankful to have met him # https://t.co/W6TLqJy2Ug
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) November 8, 2020
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) November 8, 2020
A true icon. RIP https://t.co/622AHukmhL
— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) November 8, 2020
An inspiration and an icon, and RIP Alex Trebek https://t.co/O04VRa8Nr8
— Kia Nurse (@KayNurse11) November 8, 2020
One of the greatest Canadians. Thank you for decades of fun, entertainment and education. You will be missed, Alex!
— Adam van Koeverden (@vankayak) November 8, 2020
RIP Alex pic.twitter.com/NfzlcLhp2K
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 8, 2020
So sad to hear about Alex Trebek passing away. A good person and an absolute legend on Jeopardy, a staple on evening TV that I grew up watching.
You’ll be missed down here, rest easy sir
— Tory Nyhaug (@Tnyhaug49) November 8, 2020
A legend and a proud . RIP https://t.co/dRyG9Q8AZ4
— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek represented the very best in a person. RIP.
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) November 8, 2020