“Jeopardy!” Loving host Alex suffers another tragic loss after the death of Trebeck.
Brighton Smith, a champion contender The final episodes of Trebeck He was filmed before losing his battle with pancreatic cancer and died at the age of 24.
He died unexpectedly last Friday in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The ‘Jeopardy!’ The family is devastated by the tragic loss of Brighton Smith. ” The show said in a statement. “He’s kind, funny and totally smart. Our deepest condolences to Brighton’s family. He will be missed.”
“We are heartbroken to share that our dear Brighton Smith recently passed away unexpectedly,” Smith’s mother said. Debbie wrote on Twitter. “We are very grateful that Brighton was able to live his dream at Jeopardy.”
The cause of death is unknown, TMZ reported.
The show, which was filmed in October, saw Smith win five games in a row for more than $ 115,000 a week.
According to his condolences, Smith “Jeopardy!” When he competed in “Dream of a Lifetime”. And was hailed on social media as “Alex’s last big champion”. Trebeck gave him the nickname “Billy Passa” during his run: “Very interesting, I don’t know what to say,” he said during his game.
“He was looking forward to competing in the show’s championship,” he said, qualifying for the qualification he received from the Dignity Memorial final home.
“[Trebek] I believe executive producer Mike Richards was, in fact, just like Brighton Told the EW location. “I can say that he really enjoyed that young man. It was fun. I think it got him excited.”
“The best part for me is spending time [Trebek], ” Smith said in an interview After his victory. “Doing questions and answers is almost coincidental, I think, spending time with someone I have loved for so long in my life … I always think of it, I enjoy every moment I get to be with him.”
“Every moment since I was last in the studio is a moment I want to be back there,” he said.
Smith graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 2020 and wanted to enroll in law school to become a federal attorney. Most recently he worked as an Internetman at the Caddo Institute in Washington, D.C., helping to investigate criminal justice reform cases.
Prior to college, Smith attended Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada, where he was a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist. “Jeopardy!” He was raised as a young adult for the back-to-back runner-up results as the leader of his school’s quiz team.
“Jeopardy!” Veerangana loved not only the book but also the culture. His family noted that he was an avid sports fan, loved all genres of music, was passionate about film, and easily flipped between Oscar winners and slapstick jokes.
Smith is survived by his parents, Scott and Deborah (Rudy) Smith, and three brothers: Price, 26, of Renault, Brock, 18, of Nevada, and Brady, 15, of Las Vegas.
Donations may be made in Smith’s memory Brighton Smith Memorial Fund.
Trebeck, who has hosted the show since 1984, Died November 8 at the age of 80.