Alex Trebek passed away surrounded by his beloved family on 8 November, 2020.
Alex Trebek, the famous Jeopardy! host passed away on 8 November, 2020 after his battle with pancreatic cancer. "Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex," tweeted the show, according to People.
Before he passed away, the famous television host penned down his memoir, The Answer Is... Reflections On My Life. He wrote that he hoped to spend his last days with his lovely wife of 30 years, Jean Currivan. Though he could not fulfill many of his bucket list wishes such as traveling and family outings, he was happy to have his beloved wife by his side during the tough pandemic days.
"Here I am wanting to enjoy what might be the last of my days, and, what, I’m supposed to just stay at home and sit in a chair and stare into space? Actually, that doesn't sound too bad," said Trebek. "Yep, I’ll be perfectly content if that’s how my story ends: sitting on the swing with the woman I love, my soul mate, and our two wonderful children nearby," he continued, according to USA Today.
"I’ll sit there for a while and then maybe the four of us will go for a walk, each day trying to walk a little farther than the last,” he continued. "We’ll take things one step at a time, one day at a time," wrote the 80-year-old, according to People.
The host also stated he wanted to be remembered as a "good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best."
Trebek, who held his family close to his heart, even revealed in his memoir that he had begun organizing finances for his wife and his children, Matthew, 30, and Emily, 27.
The host announced the news of his cancer in March 2019 through his show. Since then, he has spoken of the painful battle with cancer. Trebek once spoke of how his deteriorating health was affecting his wife.
"It's always tough for the caretakers because she has to deal with her worrying for my wellbeing and also dealing with... I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I am experiencing severe pain and depression, and she has to tread lightly around me," said Trebek.
However, he applauded his wife for her support and constant encouragement then. "They’ve also got to be strong and not allow their mate not to feel like they’re downhearted too," said the host to People.
Currivan, too, shared the inexplicable agony of seeing her husband suffer from the horrific illness. Speaking to Good Morning America, Currivan stated, "For me, it’s when I see him in pain and I can’t help him. When he doesn’t eat right. When he has too much diet soda."
She also spoke of why she supported his decision to continue with the game show despite his illness.
"He loves doing Jeopardy! He has his own family over there. They are such a close-knit, beautiful group of people. I think that gives him a lot of support. A sense of purpose and that he’s just not in bed and can be productive," said Currivan, according to People.
Currivan and Trebek got married in 1990. Though they share an age gap of 29 years, the couple had a happy marriage.