Jean Currivan posted a picture of her wedding with Trebek on social media and wrote a sweet caption.
Having to deal with the death of one's soulmate and partner of many years is one of the most exhausting and painful experiences one may go through. Alex Trebek's beloved wife, Jean Currivan, is going through such an experience after the Jeopardy! host passed away on 8 November 2020.
Recently, she took to social media to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences. Posting a throwback picture on Instagram from their wedding, the grieving widow wrote, "My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much.” She concluded it by saying, "Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.” This is the first time Currivan has spoken since the tragic passing of her husband.
Trebek shared a very special bond with his wife of 30 years. When the famous host was diagnosed with cancer, Currivan stood by his side. She was his caretaker and Trebek credited her for her incredible support.
"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 the host, according to People.
He added, "They’ve also got to be strong and not allow their mate not to feel like they’re downhearted too." Trebek also once stated that he refused to stop fighting the deadly disease only because of his constantly supportive wife.
"There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on. But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal. A betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive," said the host, in a candid confession.
Meanwhile, Currivan, who never gave up on her husband, stated it pained her and she felt helpless by his suffering.
"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 said, according to People. "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.
Married in 1990, Currivan and Trebek have a 23-year age gap. Despite that, the couple had a happy and satisfying life. Before his death, Trebek said he was "pretty satisfied" with his life. He also revealed that he wished he met his wife sooner.
"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," said the 80-year-old to People.