Jeopardy! champ Brayden Smith has actually passed away. The Las Vegas local was 24.
According to Smith’s obituary, the video game program entrant, who finished from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in economics in 2020, died on Feb. 5. No cause of death has actually been shared at this time.
Smith’s mom, Debbie Smith, validated the news in a Feb. 12 post on Twitter, composing, “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.”
Smith’s obituary information his enthusiasm for Jeopardy!, where he was hailed as the late host Alex Trebek‘s “Last Great Champion.” Smith was among the last participants to appear on Jeopardy! prior to Trebek’s death from pancreatic cancer in November of in 2015.
“The best part of it for me was spending time with him,” Smith stated throughout a Jeopardy! interview in January. “To finally be on stage with somebody that I’ve seen five nights a week every week for over a decade was really a dream come true.”