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- Alex Trebek, longtime “Jeopardy!” host turned 79 on Monday, July 22.
- The show’s Instagram account documented his birthday.
- One post featured a gallery of images from a party and encouraged fans to share their well-wishes with Trebek.
- In a separate post seemingly taken on the show’s set, Trebek appropriately posed with a cake that said: “Who is 79?”
- In March, Trebek told fans that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But in an interview with People in May, he said that doctors told him he was “near remission.”
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Alex Trebek, longtime “Jeopardy!” host, turned 79 on Monday.
To mark the occasion, the show’s official Instagram page gave Trebek a shout-out the way it does best: In the form of a question. In a picture that appeared to be taken on the show’s set, Trebek posed with a cake that fittingly said, “Who is 79?”
In the picture, Trebek pointed at himself, as it was his birthday.
“Alright, who wants a slice?! #HappyBirthdayAlexTrebek,” the post was captioned.
A separate, earlier post from the show’s account showed a gallery of images from a party. “Today is Alex’s birthday!” the caption read. “Send him your wishes in the comments below!”
Indeed people did – the post was flooded with comments.
“Alex!! You are an institution! I’ve been watching you host Jeopardy since I was a toddler. Many happy returns, thank you for enriching all of our lives,” one person commented.
“I wish nothing but health and happiness for you, Mr. Trebek! Thank you for all of the love you give us through your fascinating show. Lots of love and happy birthday,” another fan wrote.
“Happy birthday Alex!!! Hope you are doing well! Kick cancer’s butt!” a third wrote.
Trebek, who has hosted Jeopardy for 35 years, announced in March that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 9% five-year survival rate among all pancreatic cancers.
“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” he said. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory.”
He said that his body has responded well to chemotherapy, with some of his tumors shrinking more than 50%. The TV personality share how much fan support has meant to him since his diagnosis.
“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” he told People. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”
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