Alex Trebek Says His Skills Have ‘Started To Diminish’ Amid Battle With Pancreatic Cancer
A brave and very strong Alex Trebek has been pushing through his battle with pancreatic cancer. After initially sharing that his tumors have shrunk significantly, he recently announced that he has to undergo chemotherapy again.
The 79-year-old has decided to continue to speak out on his journey. In a new interview with CTV he admitted that he’s not afraid of dying and also shared that his tenure as “Jeopardy!” host may be nearing an end as taping the show is becoming more difficult.
“I’m not afraid of dying,” the 79-year-old said. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that? One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon.’”
Trebek said he’s been slurring his words and my tongue “doesn’t work as well as it used to.” Cold sores caused by the chemotherapy, he said, makes it difficult for him to speak and enunciate properly.
I notice those things and I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience who notice also,” he said. “But they’re forgiving.” Despite that, he said he “will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish.”
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