One of Cindy Stowell’s dream is to become a contestant on the game show Jeopardy. She was able to fulfill her dreams but sadly, did not live long enough to watch the episode where she guested. Stowell passed away on Dec. 5, a week before her Dec. 13 Jeopardy episode.
Stowell is a science content developer from Austin, Texas. She was diagnosed with colon cancer and found out she only had six months to live when she auditioned for the show. When she taped the show on Aug. 31, she was battling a high-grade fever and was on pain medication.
Cindy Stowell wanted to donate her prize to cancer research
When you’re standing at the end of the line, you neither want wealth nor fame. Cindy Stowell wanted to donate her prize money from Jeopardy to cancer research. Her family said that Stowell wanted to help cancer research, so that “no one else would have to go through what she did.”
On her Dec. 13 appearance, Stowell won a one-day total of $22,801, and became the new Jeopardy champion. She will reappear again for another showdown on Dec. 14.
Stowell’s long-time boyfriend, Jason Hess, was the one who announced her passing via Twitter. He said that in the early morning of Dec. 5, “cancer took the best friend, partner and pub trivia teammate a guy could ask for.”
Jeopardy’s producer knew about her cancer
Stowell passed the online test in early 2016 and shortly received an in-person audition in Oklahoma City this summer. She wrote producer Maggie Speaks to explain her situation. Stowell asked how much time would it take for her to be called for a taping if she passes the interview.
She told Speaks that she only has six months to live and if she would not be able to make the taping date, she would like to give the slot to someone else. The producers agreed that if Stowell qualifies to compete, she would be booked for a taping right away.
Her fellow contestants have no idea about her illness. But when news about her death spread on social media, her opponents were quick to send their sympathies and words of comfort. A Twitter user called @McBridget11 remembered Stowell to be an “awesome person.”
Chelsea Cohen, a production editor from Simon & Schuster, said Cindy Stowell was “very nice, very quiet, just a very nice person to be around.”
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) December 13, 2016