Brayden Smith, who has been a five-time champion on ‘Jeopardy!’ (Brayden Smith Jeopardy), passed away on February 5th at the young age of 24. The contestant also appeared in one of the last shows hosted by late Alex Trebek, often described as “Alex’s Last Great Champions.”
According to an obituary published on the Las Vegas Review Journal, Smith died on February 5 in his residence in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We are heartbroken to share that our dear Brayden Smith recently passed away unexpectedly,” said his mother, Debbie Smith, while sharing her grief of his son’s untimely passing on Twitter. “We are so grateful that Brayden was able to live out his dream on jeopardy.”
The official account of ‘Jeopardy!’ retweeted her statement and added, “The JEOPARDY! Family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Brayden Smith. He was kind, funny and absolute brilliant. Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family. He will be missed.”
Brayden Smith's cause of death death hasn’t been made public yet. He hadn’t have any prior health issues which were known to public. However, his untimely death has many fans wondering if he died of suicide. No official statement has been received from his family regarding the cause of his death. So, we advise you to refrain from jumping to conclusions until we receive full details about his death.
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Last year, the 24-year old graduated in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was planning to enroll himself in law school and become an attorney for the Federal government but, unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly on Friday. He also worked as an intern at the prestigious Cato Institute in Washington, D.C, and his job was to research about criminal justice reform issues.
Smith last participated in a long-running game show in December 2o2o. Prior to the death of long-time host Trebek – who died on November 8th due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 80– the young contestant maintained a five-time winning streak and earned more than $115,000.
“Brayden was hailed on social media as ‘Alex’s Last Great Champion,’ He was looking forward to competing in the show’s Tournament of Champions,” the obituary states.
“I’m really grateful for everything, all the opportunities that I had,” Smith said on the game show Jeopardy! After losing his winning streak. “I was glad that I was able to show what I was capable of.”
While talking to a media organization in January after the death of Trebek, Smith had said, “The best part of it for me was spending time with him. To finally be on stage with somebody that I have been seen five nights a week every week for over a decade was really a dream come true.”
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Check out his performance at the game show below:
Smith is survived by his parents, Scott Smith and Deborah (Rudy) Smith, and three younger brothers.
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