Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek shocked fans today, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 when he revealed that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which is often fatal.
“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. “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 has exclusively learned that the 78-year-old game show host 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 Radar Trebek “looked worried. He was pacing around while his wife Jean was standing to the side. He looked tired."
The Emmy winner has had a number of health scares over the years.
As Trebek's many fans hope and pray he'll win his cancer battle, click through Radar's gallery for more on the other setbacks he's overcome in his legendary life.
In 2001, Trebek was forced to spend six weeks in a cast after snapping his Achilles tendon.
At a spry age 71, Trebek injured himself chasing a woman who broke into his hotel room in San Francisco and robbed him.
As Radar reported at the time, Trebek and his wife were asleep in their room at the Downtown Marriott San Francisco when he woke up around 3 a.m. and spotted a woman in his room. As he tried to chase her down, he fell down, snapping his Achilles tendon and injuring his other leg in the process.
Just one year later, in June 2012, Trebek had a mild heart attack while Jeopardy! was on hiatus.
Recovering quickly from his minor heart issue, the TV host was fully recovered and able to start taping the show's 20th season in July 2012.
In 2015, Trebek famously hosted Jeopardy! sitting down, while recovering from a full knee replacement.
Trebek suffered his biggest health scare in late 2017 before his cancer diagnosis.
Trebek 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.
The proud Canadian was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery to remove it December 16, 2017.
Trebek's award-winning game show was forced to halt production while he recovered. His current contract runs through 2020, but now he's in the fight of his life.
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