Brayden Smith: The final five-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champ during Trebek’s tenure has died at age 24

Brayden Smith, of Las Vegas, was 24 years of ages when he passed away on February 5. The household did not launch the cause of death.

“We are so grateful that Brayden was able to live out his dream on @jeopardy,” Smith’s mom, Debbie, tweeted Friday early morning.
Smith won $117,798 on the program, with his last look happening in Alex Trebek’s last week on the air. The programs were taped in October and Trebek passed away of pancreatic cancer November 8.

Smith’s 6 episodes were relayed December 15-18 and January 5-6.

“I’m really grateful for everything, all the opportunities that I had,” he stated in a video published on the Jeopardy site. “I’m just glad that we were able to do it and I’m glad I was able to show what I was capable of.”
Smith was an intern with the Cato Institute in Washington, according to the obituary his household offered to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and he had actually prepared to go to law school to end up being a federal government lawyer.

“He was a voracious reader and autodidact, a lover of knowledge and an advocate for justice,” the obituary read.

Smith was a 2020 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant,” the manufacturers of “Jeopardy!” tweeted Friday. “Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family.”

In the video about his time on the program, Smith stated he was anticipating appearing on a Jeopardy competition of champs.

“The tournament of champions was my favorite tournament every year since I was a kid,” he stated. “These people are some of my trivia idols.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.