The news has just broken that a former MLB all-star has died in a plane crash in Florida. He was only 40.
Roy Halladay, who wowed the sports world with his pitching, was one of the few pitchers to win the Cy Young Award for both the National and American Leagues. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, according to The Star.
Halladay is an eight-time All-Star and, back in 2010, pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history, according to the New York Times. His pitching career lasted 16 years before his retirement in 2013. But on Tuesday, he was found dead in his upside-down airplane.
According to Fox News, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office found his plane in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico near Holiday, Florida around noon. He was flying in small, single-engine ICON A5 plane.
Halladay had just gotten his pilot’s license last month, according to ESPN.
Upon word of his death, the Phillies released a statement saying, "We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death. 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 beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."
Halladay leaves behind his wife Brandy and their two kids. Deadspin reports that Halladay had been working as a volunteer for both the Phillies and his sons’ baseball team.
Helicopter footage showed boats surrounding the crashed plane in the water.
Please pray for Halladay’s family and other loved ones he leaves behind! In other news, Franklin Graham has given a health update on his father Billy as the family celebrates the renowned preacher’s 99th birthday.