Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer Reveals Donations Flooded in After Death of Brayden Smith

by Kayla Zadel

James Holzhauer is devastated by the loss of one of his fellow game show alums, Brayden Smith. The “Jeopardy!” game show champion asked for donations in Smith’s honor and the response has been overwhelming.

Holzhauer updated his tweet that initially asked for donations to Brayden’s memorial fund for Southern Nevada students. “I will match the first $10,000,” Holzhauer concludes the post, and adds a link to the charity.

“Update: $14,000 of donations have already been made to the Brayden Smith Memorial Fund. Thanks to everyone who has donated and please continue to spread the word,” James Holzhauer writes.

The Brayden Smith Memorial Fund is dedicating its efforts to furthering the educational aspirations of southern Nevada students.

The fraternity of past “Jeopardy!” contestants is one that few get to experience. Smith’s run on the show is one that people won’t forget. Smith fought his way for 5 consecutive episodes to remain champion with a total of $150,000.

Smith was the final multi-episode champion of Alex Trebek’s run as host of “Jeopardy!” What’s more, he’s referred to as Trebek’s “last great champion” in his final episodes. Smith, along with Holzhauer and a few other past winners, spoke out when Trebek passed.

Furthermore, TMZ points out that the late champion shared a similar playing style to iconic champ James Holzhauer. Neither was afraid to wager large sums of money. Additionally, both would consistently gravitate towards the “Daily Double” special.

Brayden Smith’s Cause of Death

The death of the “Jeopardy!” champion is such a loss to those who knew him and rooted for him on the game show. Brayden Smith was just 24-years-old when he died on Feb. 5.

According to the New York Post, Smith died from complications related to a recent surgery. Just days prior to his untimely passing, Smith had to be hospitalized at a Southern Nevada hospital. According to family members, Smith passed after he developed complications related to an undisclosed procedure.

An outpouring of support from fans and fellow contestants is coming in since Smith’s passing. “Jeopardy!” also shares its condolences in a statement.

Moreover, Brayden Smith’s mother, Debbie shares the passing of her son in a statement.

“We are heartbroken to share that our dear Brayden Smith recently passed away unexpectedly,” Brayden’s mother, Debbie, announced on Twitter. “We are so grateful that Brayden was able to live out his dream on Jeopardy!.”