Jeopardy Contestant Passes Before Episode Airs
On December 5, 2016, Cindy Stowell, a 41-year-old woman from Austin, Texas, lost her battle to cancer, just days before her appearance on the popular game show Jeopardy would air.
According to USA Today, Stowell had stage 4 breast cancer when show was taped and was very sick with a fever during the taping. According to CNN, her opponents were unaware of her condition, and only the host, Alex Trebek, and a few others on the staff knew about her sickness.
When she first auditioned in-person to be on the show, Stowell let a staffer know that she probably had just a few months to live; she was told "if she was selected to compete, they would book her appearance as soon as possible." According to CNN, the show's producers "kept their word," and the episode was taped just three weeks later, in September.
Trebek said that appearing on the show was a "lifelong dream" for Stowell, who had a doctorate in chemical engineering and worked as "a science content developer."
The episode will air next week, on Tuesday, December 13.
The family has asked that donations be made to Cancer Research Institute.
Research for this article was taken from cnn.com and usatoday.com.