After announcing that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this month, Alex Trebek is speaking out to thank fans for their enormous support.
When news broke that the Jeopardy! host was fighting the disease fans and friends took to social media showing their support for Alex during his difficult battle. Former Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings even wrote a complete article about the “irreplaceable Alex Trebek” in the New York Times.
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In a video posted to Twitter, Alex acknowledged all the support he’s received. And because he cannot get back to everyone, Alex wanted to thank everyone at once.
“I just want to take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement,” Alex said. “I’ve heard from former contestants, even Watson the IBM computer sent me a get well card. Now, I won’t be able to respond to all of you individually but I did want you to know that I do read everything I receive. And I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered. I am extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me. I’m a lucky guy.”
Alex revealed his diagnosis in a similar video, wanting to deliver the news straight to fans, so there would be no misconceptions about his health.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” he revealed. “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. 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.”
Our thoughts go out to Alex has he fights the battle for his life.
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— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 14, 2019