Wife of Alex Trebek, Jean, Reflects on First Christmas After Husband’s Death

by Halle Ames

After Alex Trebek’s death in November due to a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, his wife, Jean, is opening up about her first Christmas alone.

Alex Trebek was the beloved host of the game trivia game show Jeopardy! for 37 seasons. He died at the age of 80.

Jean, his mourning wife, posted a photo on Instagram of the couple’s two children, Emily and Matthew. She also shares a sentimental caption about kindness.

“Time is too precious to be spent on anything other than kindness. Many blessings of beauty and joy to you and all you hold dear!”

Alex Trebek’s Death

On November 8, the family said goodbye to their husband and father only about a year and a half after his diagnosis with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Further, Trebek is famously quoted on the show announcing his prognosis. “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistic for this disease. I’m going to fight this.”

Trebek was reportedly cremated, and his wife of 30 years was able to take his ashes home.

After his death, Jean took to Instagram to thank everyone for the love during this difficult time. The post also featured a photo from the couple’s wedding as they are both dressed in white.

“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. Many Blessings to all,
Jean Trebek.”

In an interview with People in January, Alex Trebek looked back on his relationship with Jean, saying he wished he would have met her when he was younger to give them more time together.

“I’m pretty satisfied with my life. But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years. I thought, oh my gosh if I’d just met Jean in my 20s, we could have had a longer life together.”