JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek was married to Jean Currivan for over three decades and shared two children with her.
The legendary game show host sadly lost his battle with stage four pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020.
Who is Alex Trebek married to?
Trebek was married to 57-year-old Jean Currivan for 30 years after the pair tied the knot in 1990.
In July 2020, Trebek became emotional when speaking about how strong his wife has been throughout his cancer battle.
The Jeopardy! host sat down with Good Morning America to discuss his journey while fighting cancer and broke down in tears over his longtime spouse’s support.
Trebek said: “There was one day a few weeks ago when Jeannie asked me in the morning, ‘How do you feel?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad.
“I apologize to her and explain that it has nothing to do with my love for her or my feelings for her.
“It just has to do with the fact that I feel like I’m a terrible burden to her. And that bothers me tremendously.”
“I’m just in awe of the way she handles it.”
The real estate project manager previously said every day the two remain together “is a gift”.
What has Jean Currivan said ahead of the one-year anniversary of Alex Trebek’s passing?
Jean, 57, spoke ahead of the one-year anniversary of Alex passing away from pancreatic cancer. Although it is often difficult, Jean expressed that sometimes it just feels as though Alex has gone on a long trip.
In an exclusive interview with Eden, Jean said there are some days where the loss feels overwhelming, and she lets herself have those moments to grieve.
Spending time with family and friends helps to alleviate some of the sadness she feels, and she said that she finds “doing something creative and new is helpful.”
Jean said she had no idea how famous her husband was and the iconic role he had on Jeopardy!.
It wasn’t until Alex announced he had pancreatic cancer in 2018 that Jean realized the impact he had on people. The mailbox started overflowing with letters of support, and she realized just how many lives her husband had touched over the years.
After their 30 years of marriage, Jean said she’s constantly reminded of what Queen Elizabeth II said after her husband Prince Philip passed away.
“[Queen Elizabeth II] said, ‘Grief is the price you pay for having loved.’ It’s true,” Jean said.
What did Alex Trebek’s wife say about his cancer diagnosis?
Jean, wrote that she first spotted her husband’s pancreatic cancer symptoms in a personal essay for the site Guideposts.
She wrote that on a visit to Israel in 2018 she noticed that her husband’s coloring seemed off.
Jean asked her husband if he was feeling okay, and he responded: “I’m good.”
Jean wrote: “Alex is not one to complain. But he admitted that he was having some stomach pains. I figured, okay, we were in a different country. Maybe it was something he ate.”
But when the family returned home to California, Trebek continued to feel ill and went to see a doctor.
Jean said: “His doctor ran some tests, then some more. We weren’t so worried that we canceled a trip to New York.”
But she said doctors called while in their hotel room, notifying the Trebeks that there were “concerns” – prompting them to cut their trip short.
She continued: “Some concerns. What did that mean? I pulled my mind back from the fear that was welling inside me. We didn’t know what we didn’t know.
“I wouldn’t let myself jump to conclusions. But I knew Alex was thinking what I was thinking.”
In March 2019, Trebek was notified he had Stage IV pancreatic cancer with a tumor that spread to the soft lining of his stomach when he went in for a CT scan at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
When did Alex Trebek pass away?
In March 2019, Trebek announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
He tragically passed away on November 8, 2020.
The show’s official Twitter confirmed the news: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.
Although he had been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, the five-year predicted survival rate is just nine percent for the disease.
What did people say about Alex Trebek’s death?
Many celebrities reacted to the tragic news, including fellow TV personality Steve Harvey, who wrote: “My heart is so sad over the passing of the classiest game show host of all time!!! His style was real to me …… condolences to his entire family and fans.”
Ellen DeGeneres said: “Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans.”
Popular TV notable Ryan Seacrest added: “Alex Trebek was like a family member who I watched every night.
“I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career.
“He was a big influence and one of a kind. Rest In Peace, Alex.”
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