The iconic host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek, sadly passed away this month. After a few days of silence, his wife, Jean Currivan-Trebek, finally responded to worried and grieving fans, making a heartfelt post on social media.
Touching Thousands Of Hearts
For those who don’t know, Alex Trebek, the famous TV host, had battled stage four pancreatic cancer for some time. Sadly, he lost the battle on November 8, 2020, at the age of 80. After Trebek’s publicist confirmed the news, many posted messages of support on the social media pages of Jean Currivan-Trebek, Alex’s wife. However, they did not immediately hear back. In fact, for a few days, Jean said nothing at all. Finally, on November 11, she let everyone know she was okay. She also thanked everyone for the messages of love, including a picture of her and Alex’s wedding day. “My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” she wrote in the Instagram post.
“Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much,” Jean continued. “Many Blessings to all.” Despite the short message, the photo she posted speaks volumes. It’s such an intimate moment, there’s that quite captures love like wedding photos. The couple had their wedding in 1990 and celebrated their 30th anniversary on April 30 this year. Thankfully, the two were able to spend one more anniversary together.
Sharing Love And Appreciation
Anyone who knew Alex, including their two children, Emily and Matthew, knew how much he loved Jean. He even discussed it in his last memoir, The Answer is … Reflections on My Life, released in July 2020. “Sometimes you look at something, you look at someone, and you know. 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,” he wrote recalling their first meeting in 1988, perfectly describing love at first sight.
Of course, Jean was far from the only one to make a statement about Alex’s passing. The executive producer of Jeopardy!, Mike Richards, hosted the special episode of the show, talking about the late host’s skills and positivity. He thanked him for all the memories and shared lovely moments from the set. Incredibly, after receiving his cancer diagnosis, Alex didn’t stop working on the show. Instead, he worked all the way until October 29, 2020.
“Over the weekend, we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek. This is an enormous loss for our staff and crew, for his family and for his millions of fans. He loved this show and everything it stood for,” Richards said. “He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family. We will air his final 35 episodes as they were shot. That’s what he wanted…On behalf of everyone here at ‘Jeopardy!,’ thank you for everything Alex.”