With the news of Alex Trebek’s passing on November 8 comes memories of some of the “Jeopardy!” host’s special moments.
Many celebrities, including “Wheel of Fortune” stars Pat Sajak and Vanna White, are mourning their colleague and friend Trebek’s death.
“Alex Trebek’s courage, grace and strength inspired millions and awed those of us who knew him,” Sajak wrote in a tweet. “A tremendous loss for his family, friends, co-workers and countless viewers. I was honored to be a friend and a part of his professional family for all these years. A very sad day.”
Sajak's co-star, White, posted throwback photos of her with Trebek, on both sets of “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”
“I will cherish the many memories I have shared with Alex Trebek that date back well before either of our careers took off,” she captioned the photos on Instagram. “I will always be in awe of the way he faced the battle he fought so valiantly, and I’m devastated to lose my longtime friend.”
“My heart is with his family, friends, co-workers and fans,” she added. “There will never be another Alex Trebek and he will truly be missed.”
Sajak and White shared a special memory they had with Trebek.
Two of the most successful game shows had a little fun during a special April Fools Day episode in 1997. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek hosted an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” where Vanna and Pat played as contestants playing for charity.
Trebek’s co-host was Lesly Brown, Pat’s wife. This wasn’t Trebek’s first go-around behind the wheel; he used to fill in for Chuck Woolery back in the day and even filled in for Pat in 1985.
During the same episode, Pat and Vanna pretended to be married and, as a result, had to send back a lot of toasters they received from excited fans.
The longtime host passed away at the age of 80 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March 2019.