Bob Uecker’s Son Steve Uecker Dies

Steve Uecker, the son of Milwaukee Brewers legendary radio announcer Bob Uecker, died Friday night at the age of 52 from an illness known as San Joaquin Valley Fever.

Apparently, there were complications related to the illness which caused his death. Steven passed away at Froedtert Hospital.

“This is a very difficult time for all of my family as we mourn the loss of my son Steve,” Bob Uecker said in a statement released by the team, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We appreciate the support of everyone connected to the Brewers: the players and coaches, the front office, and the fans. I also want to thank all of the doctors and staff at Froedtert Hospital for their efforts and care throughout this process.”

According to WebMD.com, Valley fever is a disease caused by a fungus that gets into your body through your lungs. It can make you feel like you have a cold or the flu and may cause a rash. Most people get better without treatment. But if your body’s natural defense system (immune system) is weak, valley fever can be deadly.

This is even more unfortunate considering Bob is going to be immortalized this summer with a statue in his honor at Miller Park. Uecker will join Henry Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig as the three other members with statues dedicated in their honor. I am sure the happy occasion will be a somber one since his son will not be by his side for the special occasion.

Brewers’ principal owner Mark Attanasio released a statement on behalf of his family:

“Bob is a great friend, and on behalf of everyone at the Brewers, Debbie and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family on the passing of his son Steve. His loss is our loss, and we share his sadness today.”

Milwaukee will be taking on the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday afternoon where I am sure the Brewers will do some sort of dedication in Steve’s memory.

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