Wheel of Fortune‘s Vanna White is paying tribute to late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. The iconic game show host passed away on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer.
Vanna White, 63, later took to social media to share her emotional tribute to Trebek. “I will cherish the many memories I have shared with Alex Trebek that date back well before either of our careers took off,” she writes. “I will always be in awe of the way he faced the battle he fought so valiantly, and I’m devastated to lose my longtime friend. My heart is with his family, friends, co-workers and fans. There will never be another Alex Trebek and he will truly be missed.”
Earlier on Sunday, the official Twitter account for Jeopardy reflected on the loss of the show’s longtime host. “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the show tweeted.
Furthermore, a spokesman from the show shared a statement with TMZ about Trebek’s passing. “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the spokesperson said.
Alex Trebek Dies, Celebrities Speak Out
Vanna White is one of many celebrities to speak out after Trebek’s passing. Also on Sunday, TV host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres reflected on Trebek’s passing.
“Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans,” DeGeneres tweeted.
Hollywood superstar Jamie Lee Curtis also penned a touching post after learning of Trebek’s death.
“The answer is ….. THANK YOU! Alex Trebek,” Curtis writes. “You were grace and guts and humor and deep love.”
Alex Trebek Shares Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
In March of last year, Trebek announced his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Trebek shared about his diagnosis in a clip shared on Jeopardy.
“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,” he says in the video.