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Cindy Stowell, 'Jeopardy' Contestant Who Died, to Appear Posthumously

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"Jeopardy" contestant Cindy Stowell, who died a week before her episode airs, will make a posthumous appearance on the show Dec. 13. (Jeopardy)

By    |   Friday, 09 Dec 2016 07:16 AM

Cindy Stowell, a "Jeopardy" contestant who died Monday after a battle with cancer, will appear on the prerecorded show Dec. 13.

Stowell, 41, of Austin, Texas, taped her Jeopardy episode on Aug. 31, three weeks after qualifying, the New York Post noted. While "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek and a handful of staffers knew Stowell was suffering from Stage IV cancer at the time, the illness was kept a secret.

Her boyfriend, Jason Hess, posted Twitter messages about her death and upcoming appearance on Twitter.

"Jeopardy" issued a statement about Stowell, who was a science-content developer in Austin and had earned a doctorate in chemical engineering.

"When Cindy Stowell taped her appearance on 'Jeopardy,' she had Stage IV cancer. Competing on 'Jeopardy' was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we're glad she was able to do so," Trebek said in game show's statement. "Sadly, Cindy died on Dec. 5. Our condolences and best wishes to her family and friends."

Stowell informed "Jeopardy" staffers of her medical condition and told them if there was no way she would tape a Jeopardy episode in six months if she advanced in an Oklahoma City summer audition – the time doctors had given her to live – that she wanted to surrender the audition spot to someone else, the "Jeopardy" statement said.

Stowell, though, qualified for the show at the Oklahoma City audition and "Jeopardy" staffers were able to tape her appearance in August. Stowell said she wanted to donate all of her winnings to cancer research, the statement noted.

"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 her brother Greg Stowell, mother Carole Stowell, and Hess in a joint statement on the "Jeopardy" website.

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