Who Is Jean Currivan Trebek, Alex Trebek's Wife?

The death of Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!'s longtime and beloved host, at the age of 80 was announced on Sunday. He is survived by his wife Jean Currivan Trebek.

Jean Currivan is a professional sound healer, Reiki master, Religious Science practitioner, and New York native. She has been married to Alex Trebek since 1990. The pair met at a party in New York in 1988 and hit it off instantly, despite their 24-year age difference.

Jean is the mother of Alex's two children, Matthew and Emily Trebek.

Alex Trebek was previously married to Elaine Callei Trebek, but they divorced in 1981 after seven years. Alex adopted Elaine's daughter, Nicky, while they were married.

During the recent ABC interview special What Is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show, the host, who was battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, said his time on Jeopardy! may be winding down as he prepares to undergo another round of cancer treatment.

Jean, who also appeared in the What Is Jeopardy!? special, admitted the hardest thing was seeing her husband "in pain and I can't help him."

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Actor Alex Trebek (R) and wife Jean Curr Actor Alex Trebek (R) and wife Jean Currivan Trebek arrive at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 19, 2011. ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP via Getty Images)/Getty

In her first interview since Alex's cancer diagnosis at the time, Jean explained how her sound healing and Religious Science practice helped her stay uplifted during her family's perils, which in turn, helps keeps her husband in good spirits too.

"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 told SurviviorNet in November 2019.

Alex Trebek had previously praised his wife for her endless and unwavering support. In an interview with People magazine in 2019, the game show host said his only regret was having not met her sooner.

"I'm pretty satisfied with my life," he said. "But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President [George H. W.] 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.'"

He added: "I guess if I'd met her when I was in my 20s she wouldn't have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good."

Updated 1:35 PM ET, with additional information.