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Musicians React to Alex Trebek’s Death: ‘A Wonderful, Kind Soul’

attends the screening of 'The Bridge on The River Kwai' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26657_004

Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away early this morning after a battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. The show’s Twitter account confirmed his death, noting that he died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. He was 80 years old.

As soon as the tragic news broke, musicians took to social media to pay their respects and share personal stories and memories of Trebek’s 37-season tenure on the game show.

“I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio,” John Legend recalled. “I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.”

“Alex Trebek, Rest In Peace. A wonderful, kind soul. You will be missed,” Gene Simmons tweeted, sharing a Halloween video where Trebek dresses up like a member of KISS.

“true story: when we were originally crafting ‘a few words for the firing squad’ off RTJ4 we were going to make it a sequel to ‘jeopardy’ from RTJ2 and call it ‘final jeopardy,’ Run The JewelsEl-P divulged. “we reached out to alex trebeks people and tried to get him on the jam but couldn’t make it happen.”

El-P shared a separate tweet expressing what Trebek meant to him, personally. “to me Alex represented a calm joy of knowledge and it’s pursuit,” he wrote. “he had a gentlemanly demeanor and seemingly kind soul and used intelligence playfully and encouragingly. sad to see him go and hope he rests peacefully.”

See all these reactions and more below.