Alex Trebek, the host of the long-running show Jeopardy, died over the weekend of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Over 37 seasons, Trebek hosted more than 8,200 episodes of the game show, the most by a presenter of any single TV game show, according to a statement from Sony Pictures.
“Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings tweeted Sunday that he was thinking of Trebek’s family “which, in a way, included millions of us,” he said.
“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did,” Jennings said. “He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.”
His executive producer Mike Richards wrote:
“He loved that ‘Jeopardy!’ popularized intelligence and it was important for him. I think he really became synonymous with the show, in that he really was that smart,” Richards added
“It’s just who he was — he craved knowledge,” Richards said. “And it showed.”
He will be sorely missed.