Today would have been the 81st birthday of the late and great Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. As such, fans of the popular game show took to social media to honor his incredible legacy.
The tributes kicked off when the show’s current guest host, Robin Roberts, offered her thought’s on the longtime host. She announced that the show had raised a large sum of money for a very special organization.
“Today is a special day, it’s July 22nd and would have been Alex Trebek’s 81st birthday,” Roberts says in the video. “He was a kind, intelligent, and philanthropic man, which is why I’m incredibly proud to say that we’ve raised nearly $100,000 for Be The Match!”
Trebek, of course, passed away last year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He had been the host of Jeopardy! for an amazing 37 seasons.
“A wonderful charity that is dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant that they need,” she says of Be The Match. “Alex loved this game, so let’s celebrate him and his legacy by playing the game he loved.”
Roberts wasn’t the only guest host to wish Trebek a happy birthday. 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner and guest host Buzzy Cohen did much of the same.
“As someone who made it up to the stage, I will say there is still no one who can truly hold a candle to the late great Alex Trebek,” Cohen wrote on Twitter. “He is and will continue to be dearly missed in all our homes. Sending love to his family and loyal Jeopardy crew. Happy Birthday Alex.”
Other Fans Pay Their Respects to Late ‘Jeopardy!’ Legend
There were thousands of Jeopardy! fans who took to social media on Thursday to pay their respects to Alex Trebek. While there are still many of us who miss Trebek to this day, we are all grateful for the legacy he left behind. One fan put that into words brilliantly on Twitter.
“Today is Alex Trebek’s birthday,” user @maya_persram wrote. “Sad that he is gone, but grateful for the legacy he has left behind, including not only the people in the @Jeopardy family but all the viewers like myself in whom he encouraged an intense love of trivia and learning. We miss you Alex.”
Another fan knows all too well what it is like to have a family member fighting against pancreatic cancer. She responded on Alex Trebek’s birthday by calling him an inspiration to her family.
“Hearing that today would’ve been Alex Trebek’s 81st birthday is such a punch to the gut,” @BaileyPekar posted. “He was and continues to be such an inspiration for families like mine fighting pancreatic cancer.”
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