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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant who died before episode aired won more than $20,000

Cindy Stowell wanted to donate her winnings to cancer research.


Ramon Ramirez


Published Dec 13, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 9:40 am CDT

Cindy Stowell died last week at 41. In August, the Stage IV cancer patient competed on Jeopardy! 

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The Austin, Texas, resident may have passed away before her episode aired on Tuesday, but she did win $22,801, defeating a seven-day champ.

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The episode otherwise aired without any alterations or in-show tribute today. According to Mashable, Stowell planned to donate her winnings to cancer research.

During the taping only host Alex Trebek and a select cluster of staffers knew she was terminally ill—that means her opponents did not take it easy on her.

The show did post a tribute to Stowell online, in which Trebek writes: “Competing on Jeopardy! was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we’re glad she was able to do so… Our condolences and best wishes to her family and friends.”

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Dec 13, 2016, 9:25 pm CST