Brayden Smith, a champion competitor innermost route of Trebek’s very last episodes he filmed earlier than losing his battle with pancreatic most cancers, died at age 24.
He died very last Friday in his vicinity of the beginning of Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The ‘Jeopardy!’ own family is heartbroken with the useful resource of manner of the tragic lack of Brayden Smith,” the show said in a declaration.
“We are heartbroken to the percent that our expensive Brayden Smith presently handed away all of sudden,” Smith’s mother Debbie wrote on Twitter. “We are so thankful that Brayden grows to be able to live out his dream on @jeopardy.”
Smith gained five videos in a row and in addition to $150,000 in the course of his week on the show, which has become filmed in October.
According to his obituary, Smith “attained a lifelong dream” even as he competed on “Jeopardy!” and modified into hailed on social media as “Alex’s Last Great Champion.” Trebek had nicknamed him “Billy Buzzsaw” inside the route of his run and stated: “Most top-notch, I don’t apprehend what to mention,” in the course of his gameplay.
“He changed into searching ahead to competing within the display’s Tournament of Champions,” for which he had been certified, constant along with his obit from the Dignity Memorial funeral home.
“Trebek did, I accept as actual with, virtually like Brayden,” government producer Mike Richards suggested EW. “I can also moreover want to tell that he very hundreds loved that younger man and that he home amusing to look someone that energized him.”
“The high-quality a part of it for me become spending time with Trebek,” Smith stated in an interview after his triumphing streak. “Doing the questions and answers is a form of incidental, I anticipate, to spending time with all people who I had loved in my existence for this shape of extended time frame. I assume back on it all the time and have amusing with every 2d that I was given to have with him.”
“Every second thinking about the reality that I remaining to end up on the studio lot has been a 2nd that I’ve been looking to get decrease again on there,”
Smith graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a diploma in economics in 2020 and was hoping to attend regulation college to turn out to be a criminal professional for the federal government.
Before college, Smith attended Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada in which he grows to be a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. His love for “Jeopardy!” come to be fostered as a greater younger individual at an equal time as he captained his university’s Quiz Bowl crew to once more-to-again country runner-up finishes.
The “Jeopardy!” champ modified into not simplest book smart, however, turn out to be in love with the manner of lifestyles, too. His own family cited that he turns out to be an avid sports fan, loved all genres of tune, and turn out to be enthusiastic about the film, flipping between Oscar winners and slapstick comedies without problems.
Smith is survived through the way of the use of his dad and mom Scott and Deborah (Rudy) Smith, and three brothers: Bryce, 26, of Reno, Nevada, Brock, 18, and Brody, 15, each of Las Vegas.
Trebek, who hosted the show whilst you do not forget that 1984, died Nov. 8 at age of 80.