Alex Trebek's health in jeopardy after heart attack

Jun 25, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. ET

Popular Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is resting after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. How will this affect his long-running game show?

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek is lying in a hospital bed watching episodes of his own game show after suffering a mild heart attack over the weekend.

The 71-year-old Jeopardy! host is undergoing further testing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he is under observation.

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"Trebek is in good spirits and is currently under observation and undergoing further testing," reads a statement released Sunday by Sony Pictures Television. "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."

This is the second time Trebek has had a heart attack. He was back at work within a month after his first, in 2007.

Will this health scare slow the beloved game show host down? That remains to be seen. As recently as May he discussed his retirement.

"Yes, I have been thinking about retiring," he told Fox News. "I'm torn because I enjoy doing the show so much."

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"A lot of people have been telling me: 'Alex, you've got to go for at least 30 (seasons). At least do two more,'" he said. "So that has a nice ring to it: Put in your 30, and go help people."

Trebek has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984, having previously headed other game shows such as Pitfall and High Rollers. Originally from Canada, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1998. He has won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host, a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame.

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