The run “Jeopardy!” contestant Cindy Stowell has had on the show for more than a week now has been providing inspiration to people who know her story. As we reported earlier this month, Stowell became the first contestant in the 34-year history of the show’s current incarnation who died before her appearance aired.
The Austin, Texas, woman was fighting Stage IV colon cancer at the time of the “Jeopardy!” tapings. What we didn’t know when we reported on her previously was that she would have a dominant run on the show. Last night’s installment had Stowell coming from behind in Final Jeopardy to win her sixth consecutive game, pushing her total winnings to $103,803.
Stowell reportedly asked that her winnings from the show be donated to cancer research.
Variety notes that Stowell was on painkillers and was battling a high fever during her appearances on the show. To help her get through the grueling taping schedule — five episodes are taped in a single day — she rested during commercial breaks.
Stowell, who reportedly had a lifelong dream of competing on “Jeopardy!,” died Dec. 5, eight days before the airing of her first appearance.