JEOPARDY! Masters contestant Mattea Roach has opened up about what makes them “feel better” after their father’s sudden passing.
Mattea ventured to the record store last week to get some music therapy.
On Thursday, Mattea shared that they “got themselves a treat.”
The Jeopardy! contestant shared to Twitter: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom… go to the record store and get yourself a treat! You’ll feel better after.”
The first part of their tweet reference the Beatles’ song, Let It Be.
Later that day, Mattea shared their “haul” of records that they bought.
They bought The Man Machine by Kraftwerk and then Heroes and Low by David Bowie.
Mattea’s Twitter followers then shared their recent record hauls.
Earlier this month, Mattea’s father, Phillip Henry Roach, passed away at the age of 57.
Mattea’s sudden loss was reported by Nova Scotia Buzz, which is the 24-year-old’s hometown.
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Phillip Roach “died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Halifax on May 2, 2023,” the outlet wrote.
Phillip’s four children with his wife Patti McKinnon were “the greatest joy of his life.”
Phillip graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1993 with a degree in business and had a career in human resources. He also loved cycling and cooking.
Mattea has not personally spoken out about the tragic passing at this time.
‘WITH MY DAD’
Mattea’s father enjoyed playing Trivial Pursuit with his children, the local outlet wrote, and he was proud to have passed down his love of rock music to them.
Mattea was never shy to boast about their bond with their dad on or off stage after first competing on Jeopardy! in April 2022.
The wunderkind said on stage during their 23-win initial run that their dad’s vintage denim jacket was their favorite item of clothing.
They were also so excited to see the band Kraftwerk with him [seen above].
“After ten years of talking about it, I am finally going to see Kraftwerk with my dad,” Mattea tweeted in 2022 while all smiles with Phillip.
Mattea’s proud parents hosted a watch party at their home for each and every one of their original 23 wins last year.
Mattea’s parents decorated their glass front door with a sign that reads: “This is Jeopardy!”
Since their run, Mattea has begun hosting a popular Canadian podcast and now uses the pronouns they/them.
Mattea, who is now the sixth-highest-earning Jeopardy! winner of all time with $560,983K in regular gameplay earnings would undoubtedly currently be making their father proud as ever.
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