Days after his passing, Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, is showing her appreciation for all the outpouring love and support.
On Wednesday, Jean shared a photo from their 1990 wedding, writing on Instagram, “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.”
Over the weekend, Alex died at the age of 80, losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The “Jeopardy!” Instagram account confirmed his death Sunday, posting simply, "'Jeopardy!' is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex."
Earlier this year, Jean opened up about the hardest part of his cancer battle, telling “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan, “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.”
When asked if she wanted Alex to take a break from the show, Jean said, “Yes, to my girlfriends, yes. But I know it’s what feeds him. 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.”
At the time, Alex admitted, “It’s always tough for the caretakers because she has to deal with her worrying for my well-being 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.”
Alex and Jean were married for 30 years. They have two children, son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27.