When he returned from the hospital to find hospice nurses awaiting him at his home, Eva says, he turned to her and said, "I think they think I'm gonna die."
And while he continued to get weaker as he approached the end of his life, Eva says she and her father had not spoken in depth about the prospect of his dying — until the conversation she recorded for StoryCorps.
"Do you think you're dying?" she asked him.
"Everybody dies," he replied.
"Are you afraid?"
"I wish it wasn't happening right now," she told him. "What are you most proud of, Daddy?"
She did the interview with her father on a Tuesday afternoon. He died on Thursday night, that same week — on Jan. 29.