- Jeopardy! champion Brayden Smith passed away on February 5 of currently unknown causes.
- Smith won Jeopardy! five times and participated in some of the final episodes hosted by Trebek.
- Smith’s dream had always been to compete on Jeopardy!, his mother shared online.
Recently, Brayden Smith died unexpectedly at the age of just 24. Smith gained national fame after becoming a champion of Jeopardy! News of Smith’s passing came via a Twitter post from his mother.
Smith participated in Jeopardy! at an important time in the show’s history, while being an important part of the show himself. He won the trivia contest five times, most of which ended up as some of the last episodes hosted by Alex Trebek before Trebek’s own passing.
The JEOPARDY! family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Brayden Smith. He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant. Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family. He will be missed. https://t.co/aFQRt6KzPc
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) February 12, 2021
Brayden Smith was a member of the Jeopardy! family
The official Jeopardy! Twitter page shared a heartbreaking Tweet by Debbie Smith last week announcing the death of her son Brayden. “We are heartbroken to share that our dear Brayden Smith recently passed away unexpectedly,” she wrote. “We are so grateful that Brayden was able to live out his dream on @jeopardy.” Indeed, Smith is reported to have died on February 5. His cause of death is currently unknown, but he was only 24.