Terminally-ill Chiefs fan dies hours after seeing his first game at Arrowhead

LWS107. Kansas City (United States), 16/12/2017.- <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/lac/" data-ylk="slk:Los Angeles Chargers">Los Angeles Chargers</a> quarterback <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/6763/" data-ylk="slk:Philip Rivers">Philip Rivers</a> (R) is sacked by <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/kan/" data-ylk="slk:Kansas City Chiefs">Kansas City Chiefs</a> defensive end <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/29271/" data-ylk="slk:Chris Jones">Chris Jones</a> (L) in the first half of the NFL American football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, 16 December 2017. (Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/LARRY W. SMITH
LWS107. Kansas City (United States), 16/12/2017.- Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (R) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (L) in the first half of the NFL American football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, 16 December 2017. (Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan Felipe Lopez finally got to see his favorite team in person on Dec. 16 when the Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hours after the game, Lopez died in his hotel room.

Lopez, 56, was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier in 2017 and told by doctors that he had six months to live. Thanks to the Dream Foundation, he was able to get to Kansas City to see the Chiefs play and even got to be on the field before the game.


The Chiefs won the game 30-13 to take control of the AFC West. Lopez’s first and only Chiefs game was definitely a memorable one.

But his family is now trying to figure out how to get his body back to California. It’s set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $5,000 for funeral expenses and to bring Lopez home.

We are comforted that Felipe spent his last day experiencing all that life had to offer. His dying wish had come true and even though he was far from home, he knew he was loved.

This unexpected passing during his trip has left his family aching for closure.

Any amount helps, we are seeking any and all help in honoring Felipe’s final wishes.

As of Friday afternoon, the family was just short of halfway to its goal.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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