Brayden Smith, one of the last great Jeopardy! champs during Alex Trebek’s 36-year run as host, died this month, his family said. He was 24.
“We are heartbroken to share that our dear Brayden Smith recently passed away unexpectedly,” Smith’s mom, Debbie Smith, said on Twitter Friday. “We are so grateful that Brayden was able to live out his dream on @jeopardy.”
— Debbie Smith (@debbieinlv) February 12, 2021
An online obituary said Brayden Smith died Feb. 5.
“The JEOPARDY! family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Brayden Smith. He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant,” said a tweet on the official Jeopardy! Twitter account. “Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family. He will be missed.”
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
What was Brayden Smith’s cause of death?
It has been reported that Smith died from natural causes.
It has since been stated by the Las Vegas Journal Review that his passing followed complications from surgery, after he was hospitalized for days.
According to TMZ, who quoted a family member, Brayden had suffered a medical emergency, and died of natural causes.