Billy Ray Cyrus Remembers Late Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek: ‘A Legend’

by Thad Mitchell

As news of the death of Alex Trebek continues to circulate, celebrities are using social media to remember the TV icon. Country Music Star Billy Ray Cyrus is among the latest to honor Trebek’s legacy on Twitter.

“RIP Alex Trebek,” the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer writes. “A hero. A class act. A legend.”

It is high praise from Cyrus who joins many others in offering condolences to Trebek’s family, friends, and fans. The Jeopardy host lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on Sunday at 80-years-old. 

Trebek Loses Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

News of Trebek’s death began around noon on Sunday when the Jeopardy Game Show’s Twitter account revealed the Canadian-American host had passed.

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at his home early this morning surrounded by family and friends,” the tweet reads. “Thank you, Alex.”

Trebek has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since early 2019. He immediately began chemo treatments after the diagnosis but made no plans to retire and continued hosting the show. Show officials say he taped shows until October 29 and has enough tapings to air through Christmas Day. Trebek recently began his 37th season with the show despite his medical condition. Earlier this year he hosted the “Greatest of All Time” tournament on primetime television.

Several well-known Jeopardy champions, like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, sent out tweets to pay tribute to the game show host. Both men said Trebek was not only an outstanding host but also an outstanding human being.

Jennings tweeted a photo of he and Trebek taking a selfie together after a show taping.

“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did,” Jennings writes. “He was a lovely and deeply decent man, and I am grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.”