THE WIFE of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has revealed that she first spotted symptoms of his pancreatic cancer.
“We’d finished dinner one night, and I looked across the table at Alex. His coloring seemed off,” Jean Trebek, 56, wrote in a personal essay for the site Guideposts, about a trip to Israel in 2018.
Jean asked her husband if he was feeling okay, and he responded: “I’m good.”
“Alex is not one to complain. But he admitted that he was having some stomach pains. I figured, okay, we were in a different country. Maybe it was something he ate,” Jean wrote.
But when the family returned home to California, Trebek continued to feel ill and went to see a doctor.
“His doctor ran some tests, then some more. We weren’t so worried that we canceled a trip to New York,” Jean wrote.
But she said doctors called while in their hotel room, notifying the Trebeks that there were “concerns” – prompting them to cut their trip short.
“Some concerns. What did that mean? I pulled my mind back from the fear that was welling inside me. We didn’t know what we didn’t know,” Jean wrote.
“I wouldn’t let myself jump to conclusions. But I knew Alex was thinking what I was thinking.”
In March 2019, Trebek was notified he had Stage IV pancreatic cancer with a tumor that spread to the soft lining of his stomach when he went in for a CT scan at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
“It felt as if the bottom dropped out of my world. Again. 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,” Jean wrote.
Jean, a real estate project manager, said every day the two remain together “is a gift.”
“Some days it’s a struggle for Alex to get out of bed. But he’s never missed taping a show. That passion for his work—it’s a kind of calling,” she wrote.
Jean, who is 24 years younger than her husband, also recounted meeting the show host and wrote she is “a big fan” of “Jeopardy.”
In 1988, Trebek met then 21-year-old Jean through a mutual friend when he was 47 years old and newly divorced from businesswoman Elaine Callei.
The two married in 1990 and share two kids: son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27.
Trebek’s new memoir “The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life” was released on July 21.
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