Alex Trebek's wife Jean shares photo of their wedding, thanks fans for messages
Touching tributes have poured in for Alex Trebek, and his wife Jean Currivan Trebek is thanking fans for their support while sharing a special throwback photo of her and the former "Jeopardy!" host.
In a post to Instagram Wednesday, she shared a photo from their wedding day. In the image, he is dressed in a white tuxedo, looking at her face and putting a ring onto her finger while she, in her white gown and veil, looks down at her hand.
"My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity," she captioned the image. "Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much... Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek"
After showing dignity and perseverance in dealing with a Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019, Alex Trebek died Sunday at 80.
Fans took to the comment section to share their condolences and their love for the late game show host.
"He was an awesoome (sic) game show host may you and your family find peace with Mr. Trebeks passing praying for you and your family my deepest condolences," user @howells682 wrote.
"Sorry for your loss! Love watching #jeopardy," user @samantha_odaniel wrote.
"I'm so sorry for your loss my husband and I watched Jeopardy every night it really broke my heart to hear of his passing he will be missed God bless you and your family Prayers for you all RIP ALEX TREBEK you will be missed," user @pammotsinger wrote.
Trebek was synonymous with longtime top-rated "Jeopardy!," the brainiest of TV quiz shows, which he hosted since its syndicated revival premiered in 1984 (Art Fleming hosted an earlier NBC version from 1964 to 1975.). Will Ferrell's "Saturday Night Live" impersonation both underlined and burnished Trebek's exalted cultural status.
The Sudbury, Ontario-born host, who gained U.S. citizenship in 1998, enjoyed a substantial game show career before taking on "Jeopardy!," hosting shows such as "The Wizard of Odds," "Double Dare," "High Rollers," "Battlestars," "Classic Concentration" and "To Tell the Truth."
But Trebek, who won seven Emmys, will forever be remembered as the erudite, sharply dressed presence who offered an air of dignified formality to a scholarly quiz show that turned answers into questions and transformed Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer from brainiacs to rock stars.
Contributing: Bill Keveney