Alex Trebek married his wife Jean Currivan Trebek in 1990, two years after meeting her at a party. Despite a gap in age of 24 years, they shared a close connection almost immediately. The couple had two children together and were married for 30 years until the iconic game show host's tragic passing due following a long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While Currivan Trebek maintained her privacy throughout the majority of their marriage, she began to open up publicly in the months following her husband's diagnosis, even penning an essay describing the immediate shock and how the beloved host of Jeopardy! was living with cancer.
"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.
She went on to compare the impact to when she received the tragic news of her brother Chris' death in a car accident in 1984. She also described her husband's resolve in continuing to make the most out of life despite having the knowledge that he was so close to death. He underwent chemo and shifted to a healthy diet while continuing to film new Jeopardy! episodes. Trebek would sometimes begin his day as early as 5:45 a.m. in order to complete as many episodes as possible.
According to a report by Newsweek, the New York native is a professional sound healer, Reiki master and Religious Science practitioner. Sound healing is a form of music therapy, which employs aspects of music in order to improve a patients' health in a vast array of ways. The practice is popular in matters of improving communication and motor skills for those with special needs. Reiki is a Japanese alternative medicine that emphasizes energy healing. Religious Science, also called Science of Mind, was established in 1927 by Ernest Holmes, who described it as "a correlation of laws of science, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to human needs and the aspirations of man," according to a report by The Baltimore Sun. Currivan Trebek is also the founder of the blog Inside Wink, which is primarily focused on spirituality.
She has previously spoken about how the methods of spiritual healing have helped her weather difficult periods of her life. She credited it for helping to keep her husband's spirits up while continuing his battle against cancer.
"It comes from a place of love, because I want to uplift him...and when I keep my own self buoyed and enjoying my life, I can actually share that with him. He can look at me and have a sense of 'life is beautiful, my wife is doing something good,'" she said.
The game show host regularly offered praise for his wife due to the constant support she provided for him throughout his career. In a January 2019 interview with People, Trebek said that he was pretty satisfied with how his life had gone, with his only regret being that he had not met his wife sooner. He said the thought came to him in the wake of George H.W. Bush's death and hearing about the marriage that he had with his wife that lasted 73 years.
"I thought, 'oh my gosh … if I'd just met Jean in my 20s we could have had a longer life together.'"