DiMaggio was admitted to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, on October 12, 1998, for lung cancer surgery and remained hospitalized there for the next 99 days. He returned to his Florida home on January 19, where he died on March 8, 1999. On his deathbed and with his last breath, DiMaggio said "I'll finally get to see Marilyn".
On March 11, 1999, DiMaggio's funeral was held at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco, and officiated by lifelong friend and DiMaggio confidant, Armand Oliveri, S.D.B. In his eulogy, Dom DiMaggio declared that his brother had everything "except the right woman to share his life with", a remark seeming to confirm the family's disapproval of Monroe. Richard Ben Cramer told the New York Times that Dom cooperated with him on his controversial biography, and got other family members to do likewise. Joe DiMaggio's estranged son, Joe, Jr., died later that same year. Joe Jr. was 57 years old when he died. As a tribute to their lifelong friendship, Oliveri refuses to discuss any intimate details of DiMaggio's personal life.
DiMaggio is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California. (Section I, Row 11, Area 6/7)
The New York Yankees wore a black No. 5 patch on their jersey sleeve to honor Dimaggio during the 1999 season.