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Alex Trebek announces he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer

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By COURTNEY POMEROY, WJLA

WASHINGTON (CIRCA via WJLA) — Alex Trebek, longtime "Jeopardy!" host, has announced that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

His full statement reads as follows:

"Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our "Jeopardy!" fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.

"Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 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. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host "Jeopardy!" for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you."

Alex Trebek once did the weather forecast with augmented reality in Washington, D.C.

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