Houston Astros fan dies on way home from ALCS win, bought tickets to World Series

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Astros fan dies on way home from ALCS win
Astros fan died in a crash as he was driving home after watching the Astros win the ALCS.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Luke Whitworth was just 24 years old, full of life and recently married to his high school sweetheart.

"If I could tell him one more thing I would tell him I loved him," said his wife, Madison Roberts.

Whitworth tragically died Saturday night in a single-vehicle crash in Dayton, Texas, as he was driving home after watching the Astros win the ALCS. He lost control of his car and crashed into a tree, his family said.

"He was probably one of their biggest fans," said Roberts.

Whitworth bought tickets within minutes of finding out the Astros were World Series bound.

"Son of a gun bought one ticket 'cause that's what he does, he could only afford one," his brother, Matthew Whitworth, said laughing.

His last text message to his mom read, "I just spent $800 on a World Series ticket hell yeah."

"That was probably about two and a half hours before he had his accident," his mother, Cathy Hughes, said.

Whitworth's heartbroken aunt, Kathy Smith, went on social media to post about her nephew's passing. She mentioned the World Series Game 2 ticket he bought and asked people to make signs saying, "Luke you are here with us in spirit #takeitbackforluke." The post has since gone viral.

"He's gonna be able to see it and he's gonna have the best seat in the house to watch it all. They're gonna take it back and he's gonna have a big party then," said Hughes.

Roberts decided the single ticket should go to Matthew. He already made a t-shirt and sign in memory of his little brother.

"It just says 'Number one fan' and it's got a picture of him doing his favorite smile, which (his wife) hated so much," he said laughing.

In between the laughter, there are tears as they remember their loved one who was supposed to be in Section 156 Row 21 Seat 17 on Wednesday.

"I just want to have another beer with him," Matthew said. "It was good growing up with him."