After the Speedwagon Foundation captures DIO's remains and picks up Jotaro and Joseph's body, Jotaro urges the doctors to perform a blood transplant between DIO's corpse and Joseph, remarking that he died less than four minutes prior.
Although the doctors are hesitant when they explain that they have no way of transferring blood into Joseph without his heartbeat regulating his circulatory system, an irritated Jotaro tells them that nothing is impossible and uses Star Platinum to pump Joseph's heart manually, recreating a heartbeat and allowing the blood transplant.
DIO's restorative blood revives Joseph, although at first by his dialogue it seems as though the transfer has caused Joseph to become possessed by DIO, only for him to admit he was only teasing Jotaro moments before Jotaro uses Star Platinum to hit his ill-humored grandfather.
When the sun rises, the two expose DIO's remains to sunlight, causing them to turn to dust and finalizing the century-long struggle between the immortal monster and the Joestar family, putting to rest the combined struggles of 5 generations.
Holy recovers and is happy that her father and son are returning home.
The final scene of Stardust Crusaders is the farewell at the airport between Polnareff and Joseph/Jotaro. Having lost great friends along the way, they part wordlessly in deep friendship.
- In the original Weekly Shōnen Jump publication of this chapter, Joseph says his birthday is October 3, despite being listed as September 27 in previous publications. This is later corrected in the volume release.
- There is a typography error in Jotaro's questioning to Joseph when he asks "who was the female lead in the 1981 film, Tarzan, The Ape Man." The film is written in Japanese as 類猿人ターザン (Tarzan, The Ape Man), while Jotaro uses 類人猿ターザン (Tarzan, The Ape). This is not fixed in the anime, either.