85-Year-Old Chicago Cubs Fan Dies 3 Hours After Game 7 (Video)
Pick a random Chicago Cubs fan out of a crowd of millions and you’ll get a story about the Cubs and a family member they wish were still here to see the team finally win a championship again.
That was almost the case for 85-year-old Darel Sterner, who held on just long enough to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series before he ultimately passed away 3 hours later.
“On Wednesday night during Game 7, his family surrounded him, whispering the score in his ear. Three hours later, he died. They believe he is in heaven celebrating.
“They won,” his son Durk said in his ear. “The Cubs won the World Series!”
It’s a moment, Durk said, that will stay with him forever.
“We all believe he is in heaven, one of the first Cubs fans there to see them win the World Series before passing away,” Durk said.
Donna Sterner, his wife of 62 years, was there to watch the deciding game, as were children Durk and Darla, Durk’s wife Jill and their two adult children, Holli and Nick. A few feet away in the bedroom, Darel had his own TV near the bed, the Cubs game against the Cleveland Indians roaring in his ears.
The broadcast on his TV was delayed a few seconds, so the family silently cheered each pitch in the next room. They checked on Sterner as he drifted out, whispering the score in his ear. Hospice workers told them that hearing was the last thing to go.”
Sterner suffered a stroke last year just before Christmas and his health steadily declined throughout the playoffs and during Game 7 of the World Series. He was said to be drifting in and out and was well aware of the heartbreak when the Indians tied the game, but he fought through the rain delay and it was well worth it in the end.