“I’m not afraid of dying,” Trebek told CTV News over the weekend. “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 of that?”
He went on to say that he has lived a full life and that it is coming to an end now. Before he was adamant on continuing for his fans and now it seems that the reality of this disease has set in. Undergoing chemo is one of the hardest things an individual will do in their lives. And having that slight hope that it had gone away and then being told it was back and worse than ever was surely disappointing.
“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.” He said that it is hard to stay optimistic now and that he understands the “doom and despair” other cancer patients feel. We had hoped that he would continue to host the show but it seems that he feels it’s almost time for him to depart.
Alex Trebek told his fans that he fears that his Jeopardy hosting skills are beginning to diminish. He says that he has noticed it’s harder now to enunciate some words and is starting to slur his speech slightly. It’s enough for him to notice and that surely bothers him. He’s always tried to keep his enunciation sharp and the fact he can’t guarantee that what he wants to say will come out of his mouth correctly must be hard for him.
We hope that he can beat this and live at least another 10 years but if it becomes too much for him it may be soon that we will see another announcement circulating. Something I don’t even want to type because I don’t want to think about it.
Be strong Alex, we love you. We understand you need to do what’s right for you. Just know you’re always in our hearts.