Celebrities, politicians and Jeopardy! champions are among the people taking to social media to honour the life of beloved host Alex Trebek, following news of his death at the age of 80.
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds shared a memory of the time he filmed with the long-time television host. “He was gracious and funny,” Reynolds tweeted Sunday. “In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian.”
Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 8, 2020
Grammy-award winning singer John Legend shared a tribute in honour of Trebek’s successful career. “I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember,” Legend tweeted.
I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement saying, “We have lost an icon.”
We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/XoobAfJwBv— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 8, 2020
Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole called Trebek “the pride of Sudbury” in a tweet sent out Sunday.
Alex Trebek was the pride of Sudbury and a strong supporter of his alma mater the University of Ottawa. Condolences to the family of this remarkable Canadian.— Erin O'Toole (@erinotoole) November 8, 2020
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh honoured Trebek in a tweet saying, “His gentle approach, big heart and warm demeanor shared a little bit of Canada with the world.”
Alex Trebek was invited into so many of our homes during family time and TV dinners, that he felt like an extended family member.
His gentle approach, big heart and warm demeanor shared a little bit of Canada with the world.
We'll miss him.
Rest in power, Alex. https://t.co/fGP6OykKqu
Mourning wasn’t limited to social media. In Trebek’s home town of Sudbury, Ont., flags were at half mast.
“Mr. Trebek was always so well connected to his roots,” said Mayor Brian Bigger.
Those connections extended to the nation’s capital, where Trebek had attended the University of Ottawa, an institution he donated millions to as an alumni.
“Giving him the key to the city was our recognition of what a great humanitarian he was and how generous he was [to] so many good causes,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said.
Trebek was beloved not only for his presence on television but also for his philanthropic efforts. “Devastated by the passing of a personal hero,” tweeted John Geiger, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, where Trebek served as honorary president.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is saddened to hear of the passing of our Honorary President, Alex Trebek. Mr. Trebek was instrumental in the success of the Society. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. https://t.co/2Hr629uVJF— Royal Canadian Geographical Society (@RCGS_SGRC) November 8, 2020
Fans have begun leaving flowers on Trebek’s star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in downtown Toronto.
Remembering Alex Trebek along Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/iOce5VnKUV— Cynthia McLeod (@SunnyCynthia) November 8, 2020
Canadian NHL player P.K. Subban shared a video of him and Trebek. “I’m happy I got to meet the man,” he tweeted.
Alex Trebek was a fighter, a gentleman, and a legend. Just like many fans, I also enjoyed watching jeopardy growing up. I’m happy I got to meet the man. Sending love to Alex’s family. RIP����❤️ pic.twitter.com/kNsv3VNzQw— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) November 8, 2020
Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Following news of his death, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper shared a photo on Instagram saying, “He faced this last difficult chapter of his remarkable life with tremendous courage and grace, and he gave strength to so many people facing challenges of their own.”View this post on Instagram
This is a sad day. #AlexTrebek brought decades of joy and knowledge into millions of people’s lives. He faced this last difficult chapter of his remarkable life with tremendous courage and grace, and he gave strength to so many people facing challenges of their own. I began watching @Jeopardy! in high school and getting to compete on the show several times, and meet Alex, was a dream come true, even when @cheechmarin crushed me. Thank you Alex for the decades of dedication, and i hope your family finds some comfort in knowing how deeply you were loved and admired by all of us.
Fellow game show host Pat Sajak tweeted Sunday that “Alex Trebek’s courage, grace and strength inspired millions and awed those of us who knew him."
Steve Harvey, another peer and comedian remarked on Trebek’s career saying, “His style was real to me.”November 8, 2020
Canadian actor and Star Trek icon William Shatner also shared his condolences over Trebek’s death.
Very sorry to hear the news about Alex Trebek. Condolences to his family. ��— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 8, 2020
And those that appeared on his show had special memories of the late game show host.
After project engineer Burt Thakur became a Jeopardy! winner in an episode that aired this week, he tearfully told Trebek that “I learned English because of you.
“My grandfather, who raised me -- I'm going to get tears right now -- I used to sit on his lap and watch you every day,” he said. “So this is a pretty special moment for me.”
Michelle Cabral, a three-time Jeopardy! winner hailing from Toronto, told CTV News that she felt Trebek was proud to see a Canadian win the show.
“You can see it written all over his face that he is so proud to be Canadian when Canadians are on the show,” she said.
Former Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings shared a touching tribute to the television icon, calling him “a lovely and deeply decent man.”
Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020
Other Jeopardy! winners like Brad Rutter, Buzzy Cohen and James Holzhauer have also expressed condolences to Trebek and his family.
Just gutted. There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything. https://t.co/4FMlgaFYvI— Brad Rutter (@bradrutter) November 8, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking to lose someone who meant so much to so many. Even if this show hadn’t changed my life in so many ways, this loss would be immeasurable. https://t.co/8mn0ObbxNp— Buzzy Cohen (@buzztronics) November 8, 2020
It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life. You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex. https://t.co/LLoUASRMa9— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 8, 2020