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Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Updates Fans On His Terrifying Stage 4 Cancer Battle

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Apr. 17 2019, Published 8:54 p.m. ET

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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019, has updated fans on his health crisis.

On Wednesday, April 17, the last day of taping the current season of the trivia show, Trebek, 78, said in a video message, "Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season, I promised you that we had some surprises for you. Well, of course, I had no idea at that time that there were some surprises in store for me as well. So here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I've received from young people. I'm touched beyond words."

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He continued, "I've always tried to be straight with you and I'm not going to stop now, so despite what you may have heard, I'm feeling good, I'm continuing with my therapy and we, by we, the staff, is already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy!"

Trebek was hopeful, adding, "I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff."

The beloved TV star shocked fans on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 when he revealed that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which is often fatal.

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"Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," Trebek said in a taped message at the time. "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."

RadarOnline.com exclusively learned that Trebek had visited a Beverly Hills hospital and specialist on Monday, March 4, just two days before he made his devastating health announcement. That's likely when he received the diagnosis.

A source told RadarOnline.com that Trebek "looked worried. He was pacing around while his wife Jean was standing to the side. He looked tired."

But Trebek is determined to continue with the show that made him famous. He has said "under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years, so help me. Keep the faith and we will win. We will get it done."

Trebek has suffered other health issues. Previously, he was forced to undergo emergency surgery for blood clots on the brain, caused by complications from hitting his head in a fall in October 2017.

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