Cindy Stowell, Jeopardy contestant and cancer victim:
Cindy Stowell is an upcoming Jeopardy! contestant who will appear on the show Tuesday, December 13. She competed on Jeopardy! with a singular goal in mind: to donate her prize money to cancer-related organizations.
“When Cindy Stowell taped her appearance on Jeopardy!, she had Stage 4 cancer. Competing on Jeopardy! was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we’re glad she was able to do so. Sadly, Cindy died on December 5. Our condolences and best wishes to her family and friends.” – Alex Trebek
Spoiler alert - she won on Tuesday so she will be back on Wednesday.
Apparently only Alex Trebek and few top Jeopardy staffers were aware of her condition, so the audience and her fellow contestants were in the dark. Crazy stuff.
And Jim Geraghty of NRO was a personal friend, so the six degrees of separation are cut down considerably.