Pat Sajak, Vanna White share moving tributes to Alex Trebek: 'A tremendous loss'
"Alex Trebek's courage, grace and strength inspired millions and awed those of us who knew him," Sajak, who's hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1981, tweeted Sunday. "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."
On Instagram, White — who became Sajak's cohost in 1982 — said she'd "cherish the many memories" she shared with Trebek.
"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," she said of Trebek's battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, which he revealed in March 2019. "My heart is with his family, friends, co-workers and fans. There will never be another Alex Trebek and he will truly be missed."
"Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle," Reynolds revealed. "He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will."
Prior to his death, Trebek had filmed enough Jeopardy! episodes to air through the end of 2020, with his final appearance set to cap his 36-year tenure on Dec. 25.