The legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek tragically passed away on Sunday at the age of 80 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Now, his widow Jean has broken her silence to thank fans for their support in the wake of his passing.
Jean took to Instagram to post a romantic photo of her 1990 wedding to Tebrek. The image showed him slipping the gorgeous bride’s ring on her finger during the ceremony.
“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts,” Jean wrote in the caption. “Thank you so very, very much.”
She signed off the post by writing, “Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.”
This comes after Mike Richards, the executive producer of “Jeopardy!,” revealed that Trebek had spent his final day with his beloved wife.
“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.”
Trebek himself praised Jean earlier this year in an interview in which he opened up about his love for her.
“She’s kept me alive,” Trebek told People magazine back in July. “If it weren’t for Jean, I’d had put myself out of this a long time ago.”
During his cancer battle, Trebek said that his one regret was not meeting his wife Jean sooner.
“I’m pretty satisfied with my life,” Trebek said. “But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President [George H.W.] 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.”