Alex Trebek suffers heart attack

Alex Trebek holds the award for outstanding game

Alex Trebek holds the award for outstanding game show host, for his work on "Jeopardy!" backstage at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in this April 28, 2006, file photo. (Credit: AP)

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was resting Sunday after being admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday with a mild heart attack.

"Trebek is in good spirits and is currently under observation and undergoing further testing," Sony Pictures Television, the show's distributor, said Sunday. "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."

"Jeopardy!" won a Daytime Emmy Award for best game show while Trebek was in the hospital Saturday. Trebek himself has won five Daytime Emmy Awards as best game-show host (once in a tie with Bob Barker of "The Price Is Right").

He has hosted numerous game shows in the United States and his native Canada, including "High Rollers" and "Pitfall."

Trebek, who turns 72 next month, began his career in 1961 as a reporter on Canadian TV and radio. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

He suffered a heart attack in December 2007, but resumed his hosting duties within weeks. Last July, he made headlines when he snapped his Achilles tendon chasing a burglar out of his hotel room at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, where he was staying with his wife. Trebek confronted Lucinda Moyers, 56, whom police later arrested and described as having a long criminal record. The "Jeopardy!" host remained in a cast for six weeks.

Trebek told Fox News host Chris Wallace in May that he was thinking of retiring, but that friends have urged him to host "Jeopardy!" for two more years, to reach three decades on the show.

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

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