Cindy Stowell, the Jeopardy contestant who died before her episodes aired, wound up being one this year's big winners.

FOX's Jacquelyn Karl has more:

Jeopardy contestant Cindy Stowell died of cancer at age 41 on Dec. 5, eight days before her first episode aired:

(Stowell on Jeopardy) "What is the Peach State? Correct. What is Buddhism? That's it. What is the joy of cooking? Cooking yes. What is Red Dawn? That's the movie."

She taped while using painkillers to battle stage 4 colon cancer. The other contestants were unaware of her condition.

Stowell's winning steak ending Wednesday night placing her among the year's top performers, donating her Jeopardy winnings of more than $123,000 to cancer research organizations.

Stowell didn't live long enough to see her episodes, but a "Jeopardy!" staff member sent her a DVD of her first three episodes before she passed away.

Jacquelyn Karl, FOX News.

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