JEOPARDY! champion Brayden Smith has tragically died at the age of 24, his family have announced.
The five-time champion passed away unexpectedly this month and became a staple on the much loved gameshow. But what happened to the promising young braniac and what was his cause of death?JEOPARDY! champion Brayden Smith has tragically died at the age of 24[/caption]
Who was Brayden Smith?
Brayden Smith who reportedly loved to play saxophone and listen to musicians like Duke Ellington and the Beach Boys.
Smith was the last final champion on the long-running US game show while it was still hosted Alex Trebek, who sadly died of pancreatic cancer
He was praised on social media as “Alex’s Last Great Champion” and was looking forward to competing in the show’s Tournament of Champions.
But the champion died unexpectedly on the morning of February 5, 2021 in LAs Vegas at the age of 24.
His mother, Debbie Smith, paid troibute to her son on Twitter.
She wrote: “We are heartbroken to share that our dear Brayden Smith recently passed away unexpectedly. We are so grateful that Brayden was able to live out his dream on jeopardy.”
In a separate tweet she said: “The outpouring of love for Brayden is overwhelming,” she wrote.
“We can’t express how much your beautiful comments are comforting us during this painfully sad time. Thank you.”It has been reported that Smith died from natural causes following a medical emergency[/caption]
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.
How much did Brayden Smith Win on Jeopardy?
Before former host’s Alex Trebek’s death, Smith had won a five-game streak that netted him over $115,000.
Smith graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in economics in 2020.
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He had planned to attend law school to become an attorney for the federal government.
Following the news of his passing, a tweet from the show’s official twitter account read: “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.”