How The Beloved ‘Jeopardy’ Host Spent His Final Day Before Passing Away From Cancer

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Long time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was one of the most beloved men on the planet. A household name that offered up joy and smiles to millions of people over the years. Trebek sadly passed away on November 8th at the age of 80. He had pancreatic cancer.

Trebek’s family shared with the world how he spent his final day on earth and it appears to be filled with very sad, yet beautiful moments.

Alex Trebek spent his final day doing exactly what he wanted to, watching the horizon with his wife.

Trebek had a lengthy battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The longtime “Jeopardy!” host not only kept fans updated on his health battle every step of the way, but he continued to do his job hosting the popular trivia show as well.

The game show’s executive producer Mike Richards shared with ‘The Today Show’,

“Even in his book, he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife, Jean, and kind of watching the horizon and he got to do that,” Richards said in an excerpt from his interview shared on the show’s Twitter.

He said that Trebek had always been particularly fond of the swing on his property and even fixed it himself earlier this year. Richards noted that the host was very “handy.”

“He was coherent, he wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a nice, final day makes all of us in the ‘Jeopardy!’ family feel much better,” he concluded.

In a separate clip, the hosts played an old video in which Trebek broke the tension on set during a “Jeopardy!” game that featured record winner, Ken Jennings, by coming out without pants.

“He wanted the contestants to perform at their highest level and he reveled in a great ‘Jeopardy!’ game when it was competitive. Those are some of our best contestants of all time there. There was an enormous amount of tension on the set. They all knew there was a lot on them to perform and that just goes to show that he had an incredible sense of humor but also how important it was to have a great’ ‘Jeopardy!’ game. He loved that. He’d get to the end of the show and say ‘boy, wasn’t that great?’ and he’d look right at the contestants and say ‘thank you,’” Richards said. “And that just sums him up.”

He concluded: “It was just so important for him to do this show and to support everything that it means to America.”