Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" has heart attack

Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:51pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Alex Trebek, the popular host of U.S. game show "Jeopardy!," has suffered a minor heart attack and been hospitalized, the program said on Tuesday.

"He is resting comfortably in a Los Angeles hospital, and plans to resume taping 'Jeopardy!' in January," the show's producers said in a statement.

A "Jeopardy!" spokeswoman said the Canadian-born Trebek had the heart attack Monday night at his home in the Los Angeles area but did not disclose any further details.

"Jeopardy!," a general knowledge quiz, is one of the longest running game shows on U.S. television and regularly places No. 1 in ratings among its rivals.

It reaches nearly 39 million viewers a week and airs in over 99 percent of the United States.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte, Editing by Arthur Spiegelman and David Storey)

<p>Alex Trebek, host of the game show "Jeopardy" poses as he arrives at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Hollywood, California, April 28, 2006. According to the "Entertainment Tonight" television program December 11, 2007, Trebek has suffered a minor heart attack on December 10, 2007, and is in a Los Angeles hospital. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File</p>