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A 'Jeopardy!' contestant died a week before her episode is set to air

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A 'Jeopardy!' contestant died of breast cancer Monday, a week before her episode was set to air, the New York Post reports.

Cindy Stowell, a science-content developer from Austin, Texas, had stage IV cancer when she taped the quiz show back in August, a spokesperson for the show confirmed.

The episode is set to air on December 13. 

The contestant's boyfriend tweeted this after his girlfriend's passing.

Here is a statement from the show's host Alex Trebek:

"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. Sadly, Cindy died on Dec. 5. All of us at Jeopardy! offer our condolences and best wishes to her family and friends.”

Another contestant tweeted that she was an "awesome person."

Here is a statement from Stowell's family obtained by USA Today:

“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,” her mother Carole Stowell, brother Greg Stowell and Hess confirmed in a joint statement.

The family has asked that people who are touched by Stowell’s story to consider a donation to the Cancer Research Institute in her name.


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