Alex Trebek, the longtime host of standard recreation show Jeopardy!, died early this morning. TMZ reported that he “handed away peacefully at dwelling early this morning, surrounded by household and buddies,” a Jeopardy! spokesperson advised the outlet. In March 2019, Trebek revealed that he’d been recognized with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers. He leaves behind his spouse, Jean Currivan, their two children, Matthew and Emily, and his adopted daughter from a earlier relationship, Nicky.
Trebek opened up about his romance and marriage to Jean prior to now and told People in 2019 that his life’s greatest remorse was not assembly his spouse sooner. He mentioned:
I’m fairly happy with my life. But my spouse Jean and I’ve been collectively virtually 29 years, and I used to be serious about President Bush when he died, and all of the feedback about his life about what a pleasant man he’s, and the way he and his spouse had been collectively 73 years. I assumed, oh my gosh… if I’d simply met Jean in my 20s we might have had an extended life collectively.
He then joked, “I assume if I’d met her once I was in my 20s she would not have been born but. But hey, 29 years is fairly good!”
Trebek Met His Wife Jean in 1988 & They Tied the Knot 2 Years Later
The Ontario, Canada, native met Jean at a celebration in New York in 1988 earlier than marrying in 1990. There was a 24-year age hole between the 2, which they mentioned earlier than. Trebek told People in 1990 that it anxious him at first, however then determined, “The hell with it. We’ll make it work.” Jean did not have the identical reservations, she mentioned she understood his warning and did not push him.
She mentioned when she first met Trebek, she was “actually nervous. I used to be afraid I’d mispronounce my very own identify! But Alex is admittedly right down to earth. He’s far more informal than he’s on the show.” She additionally shared that, “There was simply this deep sensitivity about him with a gruffy exterior. I saved pondering, he is 24 years older than me... however there was one thing that simply saved drawing me to him.”
Only three weeks after their April 30 marriage ceremony, the couple came upon they had been anticipating their first baby collectively.
Trebek & Jean Had a Long & Happy Marriage Together
The two had been married for a few years and Trebek beforehand shared how they made their marriage work. He mentioned each of them beloved staying in in addition to going out. He mentioned in his spare time, he appreciated repairing issues and tinkering with issues: “I like to make things better. I used to be by no means into going out to golf equipment. It wasn’t my scene.” He mentioned one in every of their widespread rituals was to observe a film collectively in mattress after dinner.
Jean mentioned they’d their ups and downs, which is regular for any couple. “We have our challenges,” she told People in early 2019. “And then we’ve got our actually stunning occasions, the place we’re simply so blessed to know that we’re in one another’s courtyard.” She mentioned one factor she beloved about him all through the years was his humorousness and the truth that he would not take himself too significantly. She mentioned, “He’s simply an clever human being. Part of Alex’s staying youthful is his staying curious.”