What is love? Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, shares a photo from the couple’s wedding day in 1990 together with a message thanking fans for their support after his death
- Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, has shared a picture from the couple’s wedding day
- The picture shows him sliding a wedding ring onto his wife’s finger
- The pair had been married for 30 years and had two children together
- The Jeopardy! show host passed away on Sunday morning in Los Angeles surrounded by his family and friends at the age of 80
- Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said he died painlessly after spending a ‘nice final day’ surrounded by his family
- ‘He described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife Jean and watching the horizon and he got to do that,’ Richards said
- Trebek announced that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019
- Despite his diagnosis he diligently continued to film the show
- His final episode was recorded on October 29 which will air on Christmas Day
The widow of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has shared a photo from the couple’s wedding 30 years ago.
Jean Trebek, 56, posted a picture to Instagram of the moment Alex, dressed in a white dinner jacket and black bow tie, slid a ring onto his wife’s finger.
Trebek got married to Jean six years after he began hosting the hit TV game show in 1984.
Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, has shared a picture from the couple’s 1990 wedding day. The picture shows him sliding a wedding ring onto his wife’s finger
The pair had been married 30 years and had two children together. They are pictured in 2014
Alongside the picture from their wedding, Jean Trebek posted a message of thanks to fans of her late husband
‘My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much,’ Jean wrote on the posting.
‘Sometimes you look at something, you look at someone, and you know,’ Trebek wrote in his memoir about his then future wife.
‘I mean, you’ve heard stories of people who meet and decide within half an hour; I knew this was going to be the person I’d end up with. With Jeanie that’s how it was.’
The couple had two children together, Emily and Matthew.
Jean Trebek shared this photo posing with Trebek during a trip to the desert on August 20
Trebek pictured with his wife Jean right and his family celebrating his birthday on July 22, 2020
Trebek was also close with his first wife’s daughter, Nicky. He married first wife Elaine Callei in 1974 and they divorced in 1981.
Trebek had told how he wanted to spend his final day with Jean on their backyard swingset. A producer for the show said that he did exactly that.
‘He had a swing in his backyard that he loved. He actually rebuilt it earlier this year… Even in his book he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife Jean and watching the horizon and he got to do that,’ executive producer Mike Richards said to the Today Show on Monday.
‘He was coherent. He wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a nice final day makes all of us in the Jeopardy! family feel much better,’ Richards added, speaking from the Jeopardy! set in Culver City, California.
Longtime show host Alex Trebek, 80, died early Sunday morning at his Los Angeles home following a battle with pancreatic cancer
‘He was coherent. He wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a nice final day makes all of us in the Jeopardy! family feel much better,’ Richards added, speaking from the Jeopardy! set in Culver City, California
Trebek died on Sunday at the age of 80, and his passing was mourned by fans who called the brainy quizmaster a nightly source of information and sheer joy.
He had hosted more than 8,200 episodes of Jeopardy! over 37 seasons.
The death of Canadian-born Trebek, who in March 2019 revealed his diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer, was shared on the show’s official Twitter account.
Trebek passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends, the show’s tweet said.
Trebek said in September that he was responding exceptionally well to treatment for and had hoped to mark his two-year survival next February.
The famed host admitted that his journey hadn’t been easy and told how he battled with bouts of ‘great depression’ throughout the process.
He remained optimistic about reaching two years of recovery, though, with support from his wife and ‘soulmate’ Jean, in addition to the ‘millions of prayers’ sent from well-wishers around the world.
‘The one year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent,’ he said. ‘I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker,’ he said last February.
‘I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one,’ he admitted. ‘There were some good days but a lot of not so good days. I joked with friends that cancer won’t kill me, the chemo treatments will.
‘There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.’
Trebek did his best to release the challenging feelings surrounding his serious illness and focused on staying positive.
Game show host Alex Trebek poses for a photo in his Los Angeles home on August 3rd, 1988. Trebek, who presided over the beloved quiz show Jeopardy! for more than 30 years with dapper charm and a touch of school-master strictness, died Sunday. He was 80