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The Blast: 'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Was Cremated & Wife Jean Will Keep His Ashes at Home

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 24, 2020
12:00 A.M.

“Jeopardy!’s” longtime host Alex Trebek sadly passed away this month after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Now it’s been reported that the star was cremated and his wife will keep his ashes.


Alex Trebek died on November 8, 2020, after battling stage-four pancreatic cancer. According to “The Blast,” the television show host has been put to rest as seen in his alleged death certificate.

The “Jeopardy!” host was reportedly cremated, according to the publication. The final resting place as per the death certificate is his Studio City, California home, where his wife, Jean Trebek, will keep his ashes.

Alex and Jean Trebek at the opening of "Jackie Mason" on May 30, 1990, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

Alex and Jean Trebek at the opening of "Jackie Mason" on May 30, 1990, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

Alex’s occupation on the document is listed as "Quiz Show Host." It also states that the television personality, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for more than three decades, was in the entertainment industry for 60 years.

According to the death certificate, the late star struggled with the disease for "22 months" before dying peacefully at his home. He is survived by his wife and their two children, son Matthew, 29, and daughter Emily, 27, and another daughter from a previous relationship, Nicky.


Although he was widely known as Alex (Alexander) his first name was actually George. For the recent World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Jean paid tribute to her late husband with a heartfelt message.


Taking to “Jeopardy!’s” social media pages, she urged fans of the show to not take each day’s “preciousness” for granted. She encouraged them to live life to the fullest with coherency and kindness.


Alex’s wife also urged fans to wear purple in honor and memory of her late husband. She asked that they assist in raising awareness about the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer.

A few days after her husband passed away, Jean took to her Instagram account to thank her late husband's fans for their support. The post included an image from her wedding to him in 1990.

According to “Jeopardy!’s” executive producer, Mike Richards, Alex’s final day was spent exactly the way he’d envisioned. Richards said the late host went out onto his swing at home with his wife and family.


The day was described as peaceful and the Trebek family got to laugh and enjoy Alex’s company one more time. Then he closed his eyes and went to sleep forever surrounded by the people he loved.

The talk show host initially announced his cancer diagnosis on his game show in March 2019. Alex was 80 years old when he passed on and had kept his fans updated on his cancer battle throughout.

At one point, his health looked quite promising when he revealed that his tumor had shrunk considerably. He had been quite optimistic about his chances of survival throughout his journey with the disease.

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