For Cindy Stowell, a science-content developer from Austin, Texas, getting a chance to compete on “Jeopardy!” was a dream come true. Tragically, Stowell was already suffering from Stage IV cancer when she taped her “Jeopardy!” appearance. She died from the disease on Monday at the age of 41 — just a week before the episode in which she appears was slated to premiere.
“She was fighting a high-grade fever (which turned out to be a blood infection) and was on painkillers while taping,” wrote Stowell’s longtime boyfriend Jason Hess, who announced the news of Stowell’s death and her upcoming “Jeopardy!” appearence on Twitter.
“Cindy came on ‘Jeopardy!’ to play the game she loved and in doing so, she was able to make a contribution to cancer research in the hopes that no one else would have to go through what she did,” said Hess, Stowell’s mother, and Stowell’s brother in a joint statement.
Only Alex Trebek and a select group of staffers were informed about Stowell’s health at the time of the filming. Her family has asked that well-wishers consider donating to the Cancer Research Institute in Stowell’s name.
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