There can’t be many “Jeopardy!” champions easier to root for than Cindy Stowell.
Ms. Stowell has won four times in a row on taped episodes of the quiz show that began broadcasting on Tuesday.
Ms. Stowell has developed a fan base like few other contestants. But she is unable to enjoy her performance on TV, or the outpouring of love from “Jeopardy!” watchers.
That’s because she died on Dec. 5, just over a week before her episodes began showing. She was 41.
When the science content developer from Austin, Tex., began recording her episodes on Aug. 31, she had Stage 4 colon cancer, a fact known by only a few of the show’s staff members and the host, Alex Trebek. Her competitors were unaware.
The show has not announced how long Ms. Stowell’s streak of victories will continue. A “Jeopardy!” champion continues playing until unseated by a contestant. On Friday, she won again, bringing her …