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12/16/16

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Dies Before She Could See Her Triumph on TV

There can’t be many “Jeopardy!” champions easier to root for than Cindy Stowell.

Ms. Stowell has won six times in a row on taped episodes of the quiz show that began broadcasting last week.

Ms. Stowell has developed a fan base like few other contestants. But she is unable to enjoy her performance on TV, or the outpouring of love from “Jeopardy!” watchers.

That’s because she died on Dec. 5, just over a week before her episodes began showing. She was 41.

When the science content developer from Austin, Tex., began recording her episodes on Aug. 31, she had Stage 4 colon cancer, a fact known by only a few of the show’s staff members and the host, Alex Trebek. Her competitors were unaware.

The show has not announced how long Ms. Stowell’s streak of victories will continue. A “Jeopardy!” champion continues playing until unseated by a contestant. On Tuesday, she won again, bringing her total prize money to $103,803.

Her boyfriend, Jason Hess, and her relatives Greg Stowell and Carole Stowell said in a statement, “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.”

The money will go to the Cancer Research Institute, according to KXAN, a TV station in Austin.

“She knew she wasn’t going to be around, and so she felt like the best thing she could do was try to help do what she could to help get us to a cure faster,” Mr. Hess told the station.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/cindy-stowell-jeopardy-death.html?_r=0