'Jeopardy!' contestant dies of cancer before her episode airs
Cindy Stowell on "Jeopardy!"
A Texas woman fulfilled her lifelong dream of competing on Jeopardy!, but sadly she lost her battle with cancer a week before her appearance was scheduled to air.
Cindy Stowell, 41, died Monday following a battle with Stage 4 cancer. Her appearance on the game show, which was taped Aug. 31, was scheduled to air on Dec. 13.
Stowell, a science content developer, reached out to a Jeopardy! producer shortly after finding out she didn’t have much longer to live. She said that if she was selected to appear on the show she wanted any prize money to be donated to cancer-related charities.
“Competing on Jeopardy! was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we’re glad she was able to do so,” host Alex Trebek said in a statement. “Our condolences and best wishes to her family and friends.”
While Trebek and some Jeopardy! employees knew of Stowell’s condition, her opponents didn’t know that she was ill.
Stowell’s longtime boyfriend Jason Hess tweeted the news of her death on Dec. 5.
“In the early morning hours cancer took the best friend, partner and pub trivia teammate a guy could ask for. Love you always.”
Jeopardy! has announced that Stowell’s appearance will air as planned.