Alex Trebek bids an emotional farewell to ‘Jeopardy!’ champ and cancer patient after her death

The power of a bucket list . . .

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek uncharacteristically addressed the audience directly when the end of a contestant’s six-game winning streak aired.

Before any of the taped episodes were shown, the contestant, Cindy Stowell, 41 of Austin, Texas, died of stage 4 colon cancer.

“This past six Jeopardy! programs, you folks have been getting to know the talented champion Cindy Stowell,” Trebek said of the science content director in his video message.

“Appearing on the show was a lifelong ambition for that lady — what you did not know is that when we taped these programs with her a few weeks ago, she was suffering from stage 4 cancer, and sadly, on December 5, Cindy Stowell passed away. So from all of us here at Jeopardy!, our sincere condolences to her family and her friends.”

Here is her “Jeopardy!” story, in her own words, which the show aired.

“I’m dying of cancer and I would really like the money that I win to be used to help others, and so this seems like a good opportunity,” Stowell said. “This has been an unreal experience.”

Her longtime boyfriend, Jason Hess, also 41, broke the news of her death. The first show she appeared in aired December 13 — eight days after her death.


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