Heartbreaking news came in this weekend. Five-time Jeopardy! champ, Brayden Smith, died aged just twenty-four.
And now the young talent's cause of death has been confirmed...
Brayden Smith tragically passed away this weekend.
The five time Jeopardy champ died aged just twenty-four.
He was known as one of Alex Trebek's last champions, appearing in some of the iconic host's final shows.
The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.
After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run...
via: GettyAnd the show has been going strong ever since! It's a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days...
But last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
Trebek wasn't just a TV host, he was essentially America's dad.
via: GettyHe knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice had been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
A simpler time...beard? I, for one, liked it.
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered...
via: GettyBecause it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
The host was still battling the disease.
via: GettyEven though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek vowed that he would keep working while he was "on the mend." One of the nation's favorite treasures said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." What a man!
It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!
The new season of Jeopardy! with Trebek premiered on September 9th.
But fans were then hit with heartbreaking news.
via: GettyFollowing a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."
via: Getty"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.
via: GettyAlongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claims he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo."
via: Getty"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."
via: Getty"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He was always so dedicated to his job, though...
via: GettyAnd claimed he would keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo left him struggling to enunciate.
But last year, he finally lost his battle.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
TMZ reported that Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
The last episodes that Trebek filmed aired the week of January 4th, 2021.
via: Getty Images
Episodes hosted by Jennings and other guest hosts will begin airing from January 11th.
But now there's even more heartbreaking news.
After the news emerged that five-time Jeopardy champ, Brayden Smith, passed away.
He was just twenty-four.
While his cause of death was not initially revealed, it was reported by his family that starring on Jeopardy was his lifelong ambition.
But now his family has confirmed his cause of death.
He reportedly passed away due to complications following surgery.
RIP to Brayden.
The outpouring of love for Brayden is overwhelming. We can’t express how much your beautiful comments are comforting us during this painfully sad time. Thank you. ❤️— Debbie Smith (@debbieinlv) February 13, 2021
Our thoughts go out to Smith's family and friends during this hard time.