The Greater Miami community was saddened by the tragic loss of José Fernández, beloved Miami Marlins star pitcher, in a boating accident on September 25. José was an inspiration both on and off the field, who brought much joy to the game and those who knew him. The Foundation family’s thoughts and prayers continue to be with his loved ones during this trying time.

His family established the JDF16 Foundation with us to reflect the values that José embodied: love of family and a passion for helping youth. We’re privileged to work with them to honor the legacy of this inspiring Miamian who will always be remembered for his talent and passion for his community.

If you would like to support the fund, click here to make a gift.

  • Kevin Nash
    Posted at 00:46h, 28 September Reply

    RIP José. I have made a donation to the JDF16 Foundation. Let’s show the Fernández family how much their son meant and means to us,

  • Angel
    Posted at 05:27h, 28 September Reply

    I am so devastited and really sad i send my condolences to the entire fernandez family i words cant describe them miami will always be ypur home number 16 will forever be yours

  • Rosa Ortiz
    Posted at 14:22h, 28 September Reply

    I have made a donation to, at least in a small way, honor and support his passion, joy and love for life and family. I am very saddened by the news. God knows my husband and I loved him and loved watching him just be at the park. I am proud and glad to say I was at his debut game with the Marlins and have loved him ever since. I will always remember him as the happy kid he was. He will forever be in our hearts, and I hope, that at least in some way, his passing can achieve a greater purpose and his life continues to inspire generations to come, all over the world; specially in Cuba and the USA. Thanks to his family for raising and supporting such a fine man. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Ana Helena Rubio
    Posted at 19:23h, 28 September Reply

    Jose, You will be missed. You were a true part of our Miami community. Thank you
    My prayers and thoughts go out to the family and his girl friend.

  • Ilse Cardelle
    Posted at 00:07h, 29 September Reply

    Jose, your legacy to the Cuban American community and baseball world will live forever. We will always remember your bright smile and happy demeanor. We hope this contribution and the contributions of many others help the children you loved. Rest in peace. Prayers for your family.

  • Brianna Sullivan
    Posted at 01:22h, 29 September Reply

    l really hope his family understand he was a damn good man. They raised him so good and he was loved by so many. l will live everyday more positively because of him. He impacted so many. Thank you Momma and Abuela for giving us the man who made baseball fun to watch. Love all my Miami people. From Alabama

  • Ed Glez
    Posted at 03:23h, 29 September Reply

    Jose , you truly did change lives and for that we thank you and may God have you in his kingdom . My family and I were truly saddened by your passing . Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and his girlfriend . Us here in the collier community are not the same we miss you and your smile that lit up a room . E.Glez

  • Patty O'Connor
    Posted at 22:06h, 05 October Reply

    Long time Dodger and Dee Gordon fan. Love the game. Jose means joy! That smile. That little league attitude. God bless his daughter. When she’s young, let’s see Penelope grab that glove and let her father shine with pride. Perfect if she wears #16. In 2036 women will be playing MLB.

  • Mary Teufel
    Posted at 22:54h, 21 October Reply


  • Lourdes Morales
    Posted at 03:58h, 30 October Reply

    I am saddened by his passing and pray that his mother and Abuela find peace knowing that Jose touched and changed so many lives. He will be missed and truly never forgotten. DESCANZA EN PAZ. QUERIDO NIÑO.

  • Alejandro Jesus
    Posted at 22:27h, 03 November Reply

    Which charities did Jose Fernandez give to prior to his health? Who did he help give money to?
    I am trying to make a memorial page for him, but can’t find any information on line.


    • The Miami Foundation
      Posted at 22:01h, 04 November Reply

      Hi Alejandro,

      Jose Fernandez was very involved with the nonprofit organization Live Like Bella. He also worked with a variety of organizations that worked with children. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Thank you!

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    […] At Thursday’s game, five of those jerseys will be up for auction with the money going to the Florida Panthers Foundation and Fernandez’s charitable arm, the JDF16 Foundation. […]

  • VideoPortal
    Posted at 06:15h, 17 March Reply

    MBF is a nonprofit organization designed to advance economic development in the City of Miami through the support of minority businesses and education.

  • Cut The Wood
    Posted at 08:58h, 30 April Reply

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

    • The Miami Foundation
      Posted at 15:43h, 01 May Reply

      Hi there — yes, we do! Our Twitter handle is @miamifoundation.

  • Mary Teufel
    Posted at 10:06h, 25 September Reply

    One year ago today heaven got a little bit brighter when god called Jose home. May his spirit and love of life live on in his sweet little daughter. May she always know what a kind hearted person her father was and may his kindness live on in his sweet little angel. May you rest in God’s eternal peace. and may God be with all your loves ones. Until we meet again. I write this with a grateful heart . Thank you for letting such a loving person walk among us even if it was for a short time.

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