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Jeopardy’s host of 35 years, Alex Trebek, has just announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Trebek made the announcement through official Jeopardy channels, saying that he did not want people to hear about the news through inaccurate reports.

“Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” said Trebek.

“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”

Despite the concerning news, Trebek’s spirits remain high in his announcement.

“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!”

Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy since it was revived in 1984. He has also hosted a number of other shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.

He was born in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1940.

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