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Alex Trebek sends out a special message on World Pancreatic Cancer Day before Thursday’s Jeopardy! episode – a week after his death aged 80

  • Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8 at age 80
  • The late host delivered a videotaped message on Jeopardy to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday
  •  ‘If you or anyone you know has developed some of the symptoms that I have talked about in the past, then… get to a doctor, get yourself tested,’ he said
  •  Trebek continued filming episodes of Jeopardy until October 29; his final episode as host will air on Christmas day

By Brian Gallagher For Dailymail.com

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Fans will get to see episodes of Jeopardy! hosted by the late Alex Trebek until Christmas Day, though Thursday’s episode hit home in a quite special way.

Thursday marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day, the same disease Trebek passed away from at the age of 80, with the host offering a special message before the show.

While Trebek never mentioned his own plight with pancreatic cancer in the message, he urged all of his fans to heed the warning signs.

Message: Fans will get to see episodes of Jeopardy! hosted by the late Alex Trebek until Christmas Day, though Thursday’s episode hit home in a quite special way

‘Before we get into today’s match, a word about today. Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day,’ Trebek began.

‘If you or anyone you know has developed some of the symptoms that I have talked about in the past, then, by all means, get to a doctor, get yourself tested,’ he added.

‘I want you to be safe. This is a terrible, terrible disease,’ Trebek concluded.

Today: ‘Before we get into today’s match, a word about today. Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day,’ Trebek began

The Jeopardy Twitter also shared a message about World Pancreatic Cancer Day, including a photo of Trebek with his wife Jean.

‘Today is #WorldPancreaticCancerDay. Wear purple in honor of Alex, and help raise awareness for the risks and symptoms of pancreatic cancer,’ the tweet read, with the hashtag #ItsAboutTime while tagging @worldpcc.

The photo also included a quote from Trebek’s wife Jean, who said, ‘It’s about time we stop taking for granted the preciousness of each day and start living in the full experience of kindness and coherency.’

Twitter: The Jeopardy Twitter also shared a message about World Pancreatic Cancer Day, including a photo of Trebek with his wife Jean

Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, and while his prognosis was not great, he still planned to fight the disease.

He offered another update in May, stating he was responding well to the treatment, and that some of the tumors had shrunk in half.

Trebek passed away on November 8, with the show confirming he filmed episodes up until October 29, with his final episode set to air on Christmas Day. 

Diagnosed: Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, and while his prognosis was not great, he still planned to fight the disease

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Trebek started his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1960s before moving to America.

He hosted a number of game shows including High Rollers, The Wizard of Odds and the $128,000 Question throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

He started hosting Jeopardy! in 1984, and at one point he hosted three shows at the same time, Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth, the first person ever to host three shows at the same time. 

Career: Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Trebek started his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1960s before moving to America

History: He started hosting Jeopardy! in 1984, and at one point he hosted three shows at the same time, Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth, the first person ever to host three shows at the same time

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