Earlier this month, the legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek sadly passed away at the age of 80. Now, his family has revealed what they have decided to do with his remains.
Trebek’s death certificate, which was obtained by The Blast, revealed that Trebek was cremated and that his ashes will remain at home with his wife of 30 years, Jean.
Trebek passed away on November 8 after valiantly battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for 22 months. After his death, Jean released a brief statement thanking fans for their support.
“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo from her wedding to the longtime game show host. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much. Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.”
Earlier this year, Trebek reflected on the decades he spent with Jean in an interview with People Magazine.
“I’m pretty satisfied with my life,” he said. “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.”
“Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards said that Trebek spent his “peaceful” final day with his wife at home, just as he wanted to.
“He had a nice final day. He was out on his swing that he loved with his wife and surrounded by family,” Richards said. “It was a very peaceful day, there were laughs, and then he went to sleep.”
“If you know Alex, he did everything that perfectly and even his last day was done that perfectly. I just love that he had a nice, a good last day,” he added. “Ultimately, his family came back into town. He was surrounded by everyone and I think he knew that it was his time. He was very at peace with that.”
Rest in peace, Alex Trebek.