“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” she wrote on Instagram. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much.”
As of Nov. 12, the post has more than 1,000 replies from “Jeopardy!” fans.
Alex Trebek considered Jean Trebek, his second wife, to be his soulmate, the Deseret News previously reported. The couple got married in 1990 and together have two children, Matthew and Emily.
In his recent memoir, Trebek mentioned how he and Jean have a 24-year age gap. He recalled how after their engagement, his soon-to-be father-in-law told him: “I guess I won’t be calling you ‘son.’”
“With Jean it just happened. … I wasn’t looking for love,” Trebek wrote, according to the Deseret News. “But with Jean, I recognized at a gut level that here was someone who was going to complete me as a human being.”
Earlier this year, Jean Trebek opened up about her husband’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis, which was announced in March 2019.
“It felt as if the bottom dropped out of my world,” she said in an essay, the Deseret News reported. “Alex has been everything to me. I met him when I was 21, a challenging period in my life. His friendship — we were friends for a long time before becoming a couple — changed my life.”
She also said she would sometimes feel “sad” or “angry,” wondering how much time she and her husband had left. Ultimately, though, she did her best to live in the moment.
“We go on little walks together, if he’s up to it. We eat dinner together. We watch comedies and movies on TV,” she wrote. “Or we’ll sit in the swing in our backyard and sway to and fro, feeling the warmth of the sun, gazing at the flowers or up at the sky, knowing we are loved. Not just by each other but by a God who will see us through all things.”