In it he wrote about coping with his diagnosis, legacy, and understanding of death.
As viewers around the world mourn the number, here’s a look back at his most memorable notes in his diary.
About ending his career as host of “Jeopardy!”
“No matter how I feel before the show, when I get out of there everything is forgotten because there is a show to be done. However, I know there will come a time when I will not be able to answer that bell. I know there will be a come at a time that is no longer “I can do my job as a host – do it in addition to the job requirements, as I ask for it. Part of it is my body. Standing on your feet for 11 hours two days in a row is difficult for someone who is about to turn 80, even without exhausting chemotherapy.”
In his battle with pancreatic cancer
“Interestingly, the longer I lived with cancer, the more my definition of stiffness changed. I used to think that not crying means you were tough. Now I think crying means you are tough. It means you are strong enough. To be honest and fragile. It means. You are not pretending. ”
We acceptG His death
“I don’t like to use the terms“ fight ”or“ fight ”when talking about cancer. It indicates that there are only two outcomes:“ win ”and“ lose. ”This is nonsense. I understand why we humans choose to see cancer in these terms. It is easier to understand and less. Horror, if we see experience as a boxing match, and disease as an opponent, he may be defeated by absolute will and determination. “
About death itself
“But when death does happen, it does. Why should I fear it? Now, if it involves physical suffering, then I fear it. But, according to my doctor, that is the purpose of caring for the dying. They want to achieve it as much as it is easy for You have to move to whatever future you happen to believe in. Am I a believer? Well, I think we are all part of the Great Spirit – what some call God. We are God, and God is us. “
On his legacy
“But I suppose if I had to answer, I’d say I would like to be remembered first and foremost as a kind and loving husband and father, and also as a respectful man who did his best to help people perform at their best. Because that was my job. This is what the host is supposed to do.” .
In his last few days
“Yeah, I’d be totally happy if that was how my story ends: Sitting on a swing with the woman I love, my soulmate, and our two adorable two kids around. I’ll be sitting there for a while and then maybe with all four we will go for a walk, every day trying to go further A little bit of the past. We’ll take things step by step, day after day. Actually, I think I’ll be sitting in the swing for a while now. The weather is beautiful – the sun shines in a fair-looking sky and there’s no cloud in sight.