Brayden Smith, the five times Danger! champion during the Alex Trebek era, has died. He was 24 years old.
Smith died Friday morning in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to an obituary published in the Las Vegas Magazine. The cause of death has not been revealed.
“It breaks our hearts to share that our beloved Brayden Smith recently passed away unexpectedly,” tweeted his mother, Debbie Smith. “We are so grateful that Brayden was able to make his dream come true at @jeopardy.”
The official Danger! The Twitter account retweeted Debbie, adding: “The JEOPARDY family! Is heartbroken over the tragic loss of Brayden Smith. He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant. Our condolences to the Brayden family. We will miss him.”
Smith appeared on the long-running game show in December 2020. The episodes were among the last hosted by the late Trebek before he died on November 8 after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
“Brayden was hailed on social media as ‘Alex’s Last Great Champion.’ He was eager to compete in the show’s Tournament of Champions,” the obituary reads.
Smith graduated from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a BA in economics and intended to attend law school and become a lawyer for the federal government. He most recently served as an intern at the prestigious Cato Institute in Washington, DC, where he researched criminal justice reform issues, according to the obituary.
“I’m really grateful for everything, all the opportunities that I had,” Smith said after his Danger! The streak came to an end. “I was glad I was able to show what I was capable of.”
See more of Smith’s time on the game show in the video below.
Smith is survived by his parents Scott and Deborah, and brothers Bryce, 26, Brock, 18, and Brody, 15.