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Nearly a year after his death, Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, is starting to grasp just how much her husband was loved and what he meant to Jeopardy! fans. The TV icon died at age 80 in November 2020 after a public battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “Alex was my dear husband and my most beloved friend. Like most long-term relationsh­ips, we had our ups and downs, but the truth of it was that we were very close and experience­d a lot of life together,” Jean said in an interview with The Eden Magazine. Jean didn’t realize how much her husband’s presence as the face of Jeopardy! impacted so many people’s lives until he revealed his cancer diagnosis. “We received cartons of mail every day filled with get-well cards, etc., at our home address ... It was astonishin­g,” she said. “In looking back, the fact that I did not identify Alex as an ‘icon’ was a gift. It would have been really weird for both Alex and myself if I thought of him as some celebrity. He could just be himself at home, and that was it.”

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