K.C. Man’s Obituary Lists ‘heartbreaking disappointment caused by Kansas City Chiefs football team’ as Cause of Death

Loren G. “Sam” Lickteig of Grandview, Missouri died last week at the age of 81.

His obituary in the Kansas City Star lists the cause of death as “complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team” (emphasis mine).


According to MSN, Lickteig had several Chiefs shirts in his wardrobe and wore red ones when the Chiefs were doing well and black ones when they were losing. Lickteig didn’t write his own obit in advance but, his daughter says, “He was quite the jokester. So this is his last laugh.”

As an aside, I’m not sure what to make of the guestbook comment (above). To me, it reads, “Wow. We figured he was dead already.” Probably not the best thing to say after someone dies.

Another of the guestbook comments says, “To Sam’s family: Hang in there. We will find a cure for this horrible disease.” I assume the writer was referring to MS, but I read that thinking that he or she was referring to the Chiefs.

Rest in peace, Sam.

“Loren G. ‘Sam’ Lickteig Obituary,” Kansas City Star
“Football fan dies of heartbreak after team’s losing streak,” MSN Now

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Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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