Alex Trebek: When his wife said go, he went — to the hospital

Alex Trebek will take “relief” for $500.

The “Jeopardy!” host is recovering well after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday. The beloved quiz man, who experienced a similar attack five years ago, said he sought treatment at the insistence of his wife.

“She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes,” Trebek told People. “I didn’t want to upset her more than I had already so I went — and she was right.”

The 71-year-old was making some home repairs and, after moving a heavy ladder, experienced shooting pain in his chest and back.


Trebek said the blockage that caused the heart attack cleared up by itself, which makes him hopeful moving forward. But Jean Trebek had better prepare herself for more home improvement.

“I’m going to try and take it easy, but I have a lot of things to do around the house,” Alex said.

“I’m going to make sure someone helps me haul the stuff to my truck. I’m not going to do it myself. I’m not that dumb — yet.”

Should he need some tips on taking it easy, we suggest looking to his fellow game show colleagues. Pat Sajak sure knows how to relax.


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