The episode of the long-running game show “Jeopardy!” scheduled to air Tuesday, Dec. 13, will include the show’s first posthumous appearance by a contestant.
The New York Post reports that the episode will include contestant Cindy Stowell, who died of cancer Monday at the age of 41.
“Stowell, a science-content developer from Austin, Texas, taped the quiz show back in August, and the episode is set to premiere on Dec. 13, a ‘Jeopardy!’ spokesperson confirmed,” The Post reports.
Host Alex Trebek commented on the situation in a statement, saying: “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.”
The Post adds: “Her death and forthcoming ‘Jeopardy!’ appearance was first announced on Twitter by her longtime boyfriend Jason Hess, who posted that ‘She was fighting a high-grade fever (which turned out to be a blood infection) and was on painkillers while taping.’ Stowell competed with the goal of donating her prize winnings to cancer-related organizations.”
Trebek and a select group of staffers reportedly were the only ones involved in the show who knew that Stowell was sick at the time of the taping. “She was able to tape three weeks after qualifying, on Aug. 31, after she informed a show producer that she had recently been told by her doctor that she had about six months to live,” The Post reports.