Jeopardy! Contestant Who Died Before Air Is Crushing It

Cindy Stowell has so far won more than $62,000 for cancer charities
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2016 4:51 PM CST
Cindy Stowell appears on the "Jeopardy!" set with Alex Trebek.   (Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)

(Newser) – Not only did Cindy Stowell accomplish her lifelong dream of competing on Jeopardy! shortly before her death, but she's currently crushing it on the show. CNN reports the Texas woman won her fourth consecutive game in the episode that aired Friday, bringing her total prize money to $62,001. Stowell taped her Jeopardy! episodes back in August; only host Alex Trebek and a few staffers knew she was dying from cancer. Her first episode aired Tuesday—just eight days after she passed away. Before taping her episodes, Stowell told Jeopardy! she wanted any potential winnings to go to cancer charities. We'll have to keep watching to find out how much more she won for her cause. (Read more Jeopardy stories.)

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