Alex Trebek Wanted To Be Remembered As A "Loving Father And Husband" Before His Death

Alex Trebek Wanted To Be Remembered As A "Loving Father And Husband" Before His Death

"I understand that death is part of life. And I’ve lived a long life,” wrote Trebek in his memoir.

Image Source: Getty Images/ TV host Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner)

Long-time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died on Sunday after a year of him battling stage-4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 at the time of his death. Trebek's loss particularly feels personal because of how he was there, every other weeknight, for the past three decades, teaching us something about world leaders, sports, literature. He is, without a doubt, a cultural icon and leaves behind a huge legacy. In his recent memoir, The Answer Is...Reflections On My Life, he reflected on his life and defined his legacy for himself, reports PEOPLE. The memoir was released in July this year. “My life has been a quest for knowledge and understanding, and I’m nowhere near having achieved that. And it doesn’t bother me in the least. I will die without having come up with the answer to many things in life,” the host wrote in the final chapter of his book. 








“I’m often asked how I would like to be remembered. I don’t think about it much… But I suppose if I had to answer I would say I’d like to be remembered first of all as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best,” he continued. Despite the pandemic affecting the time he spent with his family during the final days, he wasn't worried about spending his remaining time at home. “There aren’t that many things available for us to do. Here I am wanting to enjoy what might be the last of my days, and, what, I’m supposed to just stay at home and sit in a chair and stare into space?” he wrote. “Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad.”







“Yep, I’ll be perfectly content if that’s how my story ends: sitting on the swing with the woman I love, my soul mate, and our two wonderful children nearby. I’ll sit there for a while and then maybe the four of us will go for a walk, each day trying to walk a little farther than the last,” he continued. “We’ll take things one step at a time, one day at a time.” Trebek leaves behind his wife Jean, and two children; son Matthew, 29, a restaurateur in Manhattan, and daughter Emily, 27, who works in real estate in Los Angeles. Trebek also has an older daughter Nicky, 53, from a previous marriage.







In his memoir, the beloved TV star also wrote about the power of prayer. “The will to survive is so strong in many people. You see it in tragedies all the time, whether it’s earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, or floods. The people who live, the people who survive, we say, “My God, how did they get through that?” he wrote. “Well, there’s a will to survive, and there’s a lot of luck and a lot of God’s help that comes into play. I don’t think the will to survive is a constant. I think there are moments—and there are certainly moments in my life—when that will to survive disappears and I’m ready to pack it in. Because I understand that death is part of life. And I’ve lived a long life,” he continued.







“If I were in my twenties with years ahead of me, I might feel differently. But when you’re about to turn eighty it’s not like you’re missing out on a great many things.” During a recent interview, Trebek revealed how Jean, his wife of 30 years, had been by his side through his cancer battle. "She's kept me alive," he said. Trebek, who completed his memoir while Jeopardy! was on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, said in a 2018 interview with PEOPLE that while he was "pretty satisfied with my life", he wished he'd had a longer life with Jean. "But hey, 29 years is pretty good!”









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