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Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 06:39:17-05

Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek announced on social media that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Trebek said that even though he's been diagnosed with state 4 pancreatic cancer, he plans to keep working.

"I'm going to fight this and I'm going to keep working...I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," he said.

Trebek, 78, has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984. The show, created by Merv Griffin, was a revival of a popular trivia game that aired from 1964 to 1975.

The transcript of his video, posted on the show's YouTube channel, reads:

"Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.

Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you."

Alex Trebek
Culver City, California
March 6, 2019