By now, the world knows that the 41-year-old science content developer from Austin died on December 5, before her episodes aired.
But she didn’t wager enough to pull in front of challenger Sam Scovill, whose film and television knowledge overtook her prowess in categories such as Working Women and words that rhyme with “rhymin’.”
Only a select group of “Jeopardy!” staffers and host Alex Trebek knew she was ill. The show revealed news of her death on its website one week before her first appearance.
Neither Trebek nor Stowell let on about her condition throughout her run, even as her voice shrank to a whisper at times. Her longtime partner, Jason Hess, said she was fighting a high-grade fever that turned out to be a blood infection and was on painkillers while taping.
It was only at the end of the episode, after the credits, that Trebek acknowledged her passing.
“Appearing on our …