Jean Trebek Shares Rare Photo of Alex Trebek on Their Wedding Day in Emotional Instagram

Nicol Natale
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From House Beautiful

  • Jean Trebek posted an emotional Instagram tribute to her late husband Alex Trebek.

  • Jean shared a photo from their wedding day and thanked her fans for their support.

  • On Nov. 8, the longtime Jeopardy! host passed away following a year-long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Jean Trebek has honored her late husband Alex Trebek on Instagram after he lost his year-long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8. The beloved Jeopardy! host was 80 years old.

On Wednesday, Jean shared a rare photo from the couple’s wedding day on April 30, 1990, and thanked fans for their support in the caption. “My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” she said. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much.”

Fans flooded the comments section with well wishes and memories of Alex. “Thank you for sharing Alex with the world so we could all love him!” one person wrote.

The duo first met when Jean moved to California in 1990. Despite their 24-year age gap, they quick fell for one another. Nearly 30 years later, Jean served as Alex’s caregiver as he underwent grueling chemotherapy treatments.

Alex revered his wife, previously opening up about how much her love and care meant to him, calling her a “saint” in an interview with Good Morning America. “She has so much goodness in her that she is always giving out, always putting out to help me get over difficult moments. And there have been some difficult moments. I’m just in awe of the way she handles it,” he said.

He also revealed to People in January 2019 that he wished he had more time with his wife, despite their decades spent together. “I’m pretty satisfied with my life,” he said at the time. “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.”

“I guess if I’d met her when I was in my 20s she wouldn’t have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good!” he joked.

Photo credit: Gregg DeGuire - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gregg DeGuire - Getty Images

And they were together until his last moments. In a new interview with Today, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said Alex had the peaceful last day of his dreams.

“He had a swing in his backyard that he loved. He actually rebuilt it earlier this year. He was very handy. I don’t know if a lot of people know that,” Richards said. “And even in his book, he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife, Jean, and kind of watching the horizon. And he got to do that.”

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