Quick Quotes: Public figures react to death of longtime 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek

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Condolences are pouring in after "Jeopardy!" announced that the game show's longtime host, Canadian-born Alex Trebek, died early Sunday morning at age 80.

Actors, politicians, athletes, broadcasters and many others shared fond memories of the beloved host, who was previously diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and sent their condolences to his family and loved ones.

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"We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss."

- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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"Alex Trebek was invited into so many of our homes during family time and TV dinners, that he felt like an extended family member. His gentle approach, big heart and warm demeanor shared a little bit of Canada with the world. We'll miss him. Rest in power, Alex."

- Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh

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"Alex Trebek was the pride of Sudbury and a strong supporter of his alma mater the University of Ottawa. Condolences to the family of this remarkable Canadian."

- Federal Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole

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"From Reach for the Top to Jeopardy we invited Alex Trebek into our homes for decades. A very warm, very Canadian person who did us proud and who never forgot where he came from. He will be missed by millions whose lives he touched."

- Toronto Mayor John Tory

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"It is with great sadness that uOttawa acknowledges the passing of Alex Trebek, one of our most beloved alumni and one of our community’s most passionate supporters. Our heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife Jean and their children Emily and Matthew."

- University of Ottawa

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"Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him."

- Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! champion

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"Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will."

- Actor Ryan Reynolds

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"RIP Alex Trebek. A true, true gentleman and courageous hero. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"

- Actress Viola Davis

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"6p weeknights will never be the same. So many great memories and thankful to have met him"

- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

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"RIP to one of the sweetest souls I ever had the chance to spend time with, who was always funny and kind. RIP Mr. Trebek! Love and prayers to Jean and the family!"

- Broadcaster and former NFL player Michael Strahan

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"Couldn't we have one nice weekend? A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek."

- TV host Jimmy Kimmel

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"Game Show Network mourns the loss of our friend, Alex Trebek. We honor his memory and celebrate his truly legendary career. Host, humanitarian, philanthropist -- in a category all his own."

- Game Show Network

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2020.

The Canadian Press