“Jeopardy” champion Brayden Smith, whose death was reported earlier this week, died following complications after a surgical operation, his family says.
Smith, 24, was one of the final contestants to play for host Alex Trebek when he appeared on the show in October. During his five-game winning-streak, Smith won nearly $116,000 and had qualified for the show’s Tournament of Champions.
Smith’s family told Las Vegas TV station 8 News Now that he died Feb. 5 after being hospitalized for several days following the operation. The reason for the medical procedure was not disclosed.
The show also issued a statement.
“The JEOPARDY! family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Brayden Smith,” the show said. “He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant. Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family. He will be missed.”
Following the death of Trebek, “Jeopardy” has rolled out guest host Ken Jennings. Several other guests hosts, including Katie Couric and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have also been announced.
The ‘Jeopardy’ crew has had a really rough few months.