Alex Trebek, the longtime host of TV quiz show Jeopardy!, announced today that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Trebek, 78, recorded a message on YouTube, saying: ‘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.”

 

WATCH ALEX TREBEK’S MESSAGE HERE:

 

Trebek, who has been the host of Jeopardy! for 35 seasons, will immediately begin chemotherapy treatment.

Other famous celebrities have lost their lives to pancreatic cancer in recent years, including Michael Landon, Patrick Swayze, Steve Jobs, Aretha Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal, with 95 percent of people who are diagnosed die from it..

 

Jeopardy! is viewed by 23 million people each week, making it the top-rated quiz show on U.S. television.

In May, Trebek signed a new contract keeping him on as Jeopardy! host through 2019-2020 – the show’s 36th season on air.

Trebek has hosted a number of other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.

He has been married to his wife of 29 years, Jean Currivan, with whom he shares two children – Matthew, 29, and Emily, 27.

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak said his family is “deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer.”

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