Jeopardy! gave a touching tribute to the late Brayden Smith immediately, remembering the 24-year-old with a video posted to social media and an on-air acknowledgment as a part of the sequence’ Event of Champions. Smith, who competed on the present in January on late host Alex Trebek‘s last episodes, received 5 exhibits earlier this yr and later passed away.
“You’ve now met all 15 of the participant who certified for the Event of Champions… Effectively, virtually all,” says visitor host Buzzy Cohen in the video posted to Jeopardy!‘s official Twitter account. “Brayden Smith, the unimaginable younger man who received 5 exhibits and $115,000 in January, handed away earlier this yr. Brayden’s household has established a fund in his identify, and Jeopardy! shall be donating to that fund. We need to categorical our greatest needs and condolences to his household.”
In a while, Smith’s mom, Debbie Smith, thanking the Jeopardy! household for paying tribute to her late son.
“Our household is deeply touched by Jeopardy!’s ToC tribute to Brayden and its pledge to help the Brayden Smith Memorial Fund,” Smith wrote, noting the continued Event of Champions. “What a formidable group of Champs. Brayden would really feel honored to be counted amongst you.”
Smith handed away in mid-February earlier this yr. Debbie Smith confirmed his loss of life on Twitter, writing “We’re heartbroken to share that our pricey Brayden Smith just lately handed away unexpectedly,” she wrote. “We’re so grateful that Brayden was capable of reside out his dream on @jeopardy.”
Smith first appeared on Jeopardy! in December of 2020. He quickly turned a fan favorite, nailing 5 wins in a row. His episodes had been a number of the final with Trebek as host, filmed earlier than Trebek’s loss of life on Nov. 8, 2020. Smith was later topped “Alex’s Final Champion” by Jeopardy! followers, who lauded him for being Trebek’s last successful contestant. His household asks for donations to be made in Smith’s identify to the Brayden Smith Memorial Fund, which advantages college students in Nevada.