Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean Currivan-Trebek, revealed that she wasn’t conscious what a tradition icon he was till he started his very public most cancers battle. 

The actor introduced in March of 2019 that he had been recognized with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers and continued to replace followers on his situation as he underwent remedy. He vowed to proceed internet hosting and doing the job that he cherished for so long as humanly potential, which solely deepened “Jeopardy!” followers’ affection for him earlier than his loss of life in November of 2020. 

While the world is aware of him as a cultural icon, Jean feels grateful that she was all the time in a position to simply see him as her loving husband. 

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Alex Trebek's wife, Jean, opened up about his death almost one year later. 

Alex Trebek’s spouse, Jean, opened up about his loss of life virtually one yr later. 
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“Alex was my dear husband and my most beloved friend. Like most long-term relationships, we had our ups and downs, but the truth of it was that we were very close and experienced a lot of life together,” she lately defined to The Eden Magazine. “It was important to Alex to keep his personal life separate from his professional life, unless it was ‘needed,’… i.e., attending an award show or something like that. For the most part, Alex and I enjoyed staying at home. When we did go out, it was perhaps for a quick dinner or movie every now and then, so it wasn’t like we were always out in public for me to really notice his popularity.”

However, she says her notion of her husband and his affect on the remainder of the world modified as quickly as he made his most cancers analysis public info. 

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“We received cartons of mail every day filled with get-well cards, etc., at our home address, and I knew that the studio was receiving so much more. It was astonishing,” she stated. 

Alex Trebek's wife, Jean, revealed  that she was unaware of how popular he was. 

Alex Trebek’s spouse, Jean, revealed  that she was unaware of how widespread he was. 
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While she was thrilled to see how many individuals cherished her husband, she added that she considers being unaware of it for many of their marriage was a “gift.” 

“I’m reminded of what Queen Elizabeth ll said when Prince Phillip recently passed away. She said, ‘Grief is the price you pay for having loved.’ It’s true,” she concluded. “There are moments of my day that I miss Alex so much, and I just have to allow myself those times. Sometimes I feel as if he’s been on a long vacation, and then there are other times that the reality of the absence of his presence is really palatable. I find that being with my family and friends or doing something creative and new is really helpful.”