What is the most bittersweet story in game show history?
A Jeopardy! contestant who lived out her lifelong dream of appearing on the show sadly passed away a week before her episode aired on TV.
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, died early Monday morning after a long battle with cancer.
According to boyfriend Jason Hess, the longtime fan was diagnosed with terminal cancer between passing the online contestant test in early 2016 and being invited to audition in Oklahoma City this summer.
Stowell told a producer doctors believed she had only around six months to live — so, as soon as she passed the audition, the show put her in the first available slot on August 31.
With only Alex Trebek and a few staffers privy to her illness, the 41-year-old contestant had stage 4 cancer at the time of the taping, but only one goal was on her mind: to donate her prize money to cancer research.
The host said in a statement:
“When Cindy Stowell taped her appearance on Jeopardy!, she had Stage 4 cancer. Competing on Jeopardy! was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we’re glad she was able to do so. Sadly, Cindy died on December 5. Our condolences and best wishes to her family and friends.”
Despite Cindy not getting to see herself on TV, we’re happy she at least got to live out her dream of competing on her favorite game show.
The episode featuring Stowell is scheduled to air on Tuesday, December 13.
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