Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed Tuesday when his plane crashed off the coast of Florida.
Pasco County, Florida, sheriff confirmed that the All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner was killed when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Police said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.
Halladay was an amateur pilot who often posted on social media about small planes. ICON aircraft had posted a video with Halladay trying out a new plane.
“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the Philadelphia Phillies said in a statement. “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.”
Halladay retired in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Phillies.
Other baseball players to die in plane crashes included Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente in a relief mission from Puerto Rico traveling to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve in 1972; New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson piloting his own plane near his home in Canton, Ohio, in 1979; and Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle piloting his own plane in New York City in 2006.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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