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Alex Trebek, host of 'Jeopardy!,' resting after heart attack at 71

June 24, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, shown rehearsing for the show's Power Players Week in Washington, D.C., in April, has suffered a heart attack.
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, shown rehearsing for the show's… (Kris Connor / Getty Images )

Alex Trebek was in the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday, the producers of his long-running quiz show "Jeopardy!" said Sunday.

The 71-year-old game-show host was under observation and undergoing further testing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A., Sony Pictures Television said in a statement.

"He is expected to fully recover and be back at 'Jeopardy!' when production begins taping in July for the new season, the show's 29th," producers said.

It's Trebek's second mild heart attack. He was also back at work about a month after the first one, which hit him in December 2007. Trebeck turns 72 on July 22.

In May, he hosted the national finals of the National Geographic Bee — like a spelling bee, but for geography — in Washington, D.C. Last year, while he was in San Francisco to host the Bee's world championship, he famously ruptured an Achilles tendon while chasing down a suspected burglar at his hotel.

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