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'Jeopardy!' contestant dies of cancer before show airs

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/8/2016
In this Aug. 31, 2016 photo provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., Cindy Stowell, right, appears on the "Jeopardy!" set with Alex Trebek in Culver City, Calif. Stowell, who competed on "Jeopardy!" while battling terminal colon cancer has died the week before her episode was set to air on Tuesday, Dec. 13, but prize money has gone to cancer research as she wished. (Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP) © The Associated Press In this Aug. 31, 2016 photo provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., Cindy Stowell, right, appears on the "Jeopardy!" set with Alex Trebek in Culver City, Calif. Stowell, who competed on "Jeopardy!" while battling terminal colon cancer has died the week before her episode was set to air on Tuesday, Dec. 13, but prize money has gone to cancer research as she wished. (Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who competed on "Jeopardy!" while battling terminal colon cancer has died the week before her episode was set to air but prize money has gone to cancer research as she wished.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says in a statement that Cindy Stowell died Monday.

The quiz show says on its website that the Austin, Texas, woman was invited to an audition for the show in August. Before the audition, Stowell reached out to a producer to ask how long it might be before she taped her episode because she didn't have long to live. She said she would like to donate any winnings from the show to cancer research.

Stowell passed the audition and was booked for the earliest possible taping Aug. 31.

Her appearance will air Tuesday.

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