2017-11-07 16:58:02
Roy Halladay, Former M.L.B. Pitcher, Dies in Plane Crash

16:58, November 07 243 0

Roy Halladay, a retired pitcher who starred for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, died on Tuesday when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

The crash was reported to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office by a private resident at 12:06 p.m. Eastern, and when law enforcement arrived on the scene, the plane, an Icon A5 registered to Halladay, was upside down in shallow water.

After four hours of search and recovery, the Sheriff Chris Nocco reported that Halladay was the only victim of the crash and said the specifics of the crash are still under investigation. Halladay was 40.

Nocco, who made a plea for people to leave Halladay’s family alone while they process the news, referred most of the questions involving the crash to the National Transportation Safety Board, which will be taking over the investigation, but he said there was no mayday call received by the Tampa Bay airport before the crash.

“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the Phillies said in a statement posted to Twitter. “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human being to ever play the game.”

A two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, Halladay was a 6-foot-6 right-hander who was known for his durability and his command.

After 12 seasons with the Blue Jays he was traded to the Phillies in 2009, and he proceeded to have a career year in 2010 in which he threw baseball’s 20th perfect game during the regular season, and then in a division round matchup with Cincinnati, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history.

He retired after the 2013 season.

Halladay was known for his love of flying, and in October he posted pictures of the plane he had recently purchased.