We announced last week that Brayden Smith, the five-time “Jeopardy!” The champion, who was one of the last great champions of the Alex Trebek era, died at the age of 24. Now, he has announced his cause of death.
In his hometown of Las Vegas, Smith’s family told a local CBS station that Smith died from surgical complications. The Las Vegas Review-Journal confirmed that before he passed away on February 5, Smith had been in a Nevada hospital for several days.
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His mother Debbie thanked fans for their help one week after Smith’s death.
She wrote on Twitter, “The outpouring of love for Brayden is overwhelming.” During this painfully sad time, we cannot explain how much your beautiful comments comfort us. Thank you.”
The outpouring of love for Brayden is overwhelming. We can’t express how much your beautiful comments are comforting us during this painfully sad time. Thank you. ❤️
— Debbie Smith (@debbieinlv) February 13, 2021
Jeopardy ” released the following statement honoring Smith after news spread of his death:
‘The Jeopardy family is heartbroken by Brayden Smith’s devastating loss. He was kind, hilarious, and utterly brilliant. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Brayden. He’s going to be missed.’
As a five-time champion on the famous Jeopardy!, Brayden fulfilled a lifelong dream. ‘Television game show,’ reported Smith’s obituary. “His appearances were among the last hosted by Alex Trebek, and Brayden was hailed as ‘The Last Great Champion of Alex’ on social media. He was looking forward to competing in the Champions Tournament of the show.”
His obituary said, “Brayden loved classical and not-so-classic movies.” One moment, he might describe the symbolism in Citizen Kane, and the comic timing in Dumb And Dumber the next. From Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and Miles Davis to the Beach Boys, Steely Dan, and Toto, he played the saxophone and enjoyed listening to a variety of music. He was an avid fan of sports.
I really appreciate it, all the possibilities I’ve had,” Smith said after his “Jeopardy! “The strip ended, according to Tonight’s Entertainment. “I was glad to have been able to demonstrate what I was capable of.”