Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took to social media on Wednesday morning to express his condolences after the tragic death of retired MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.
“My sympathies go out to the family of Roy Halladay,” Tomlin wrote. “What a tragic loss. Rest In Peace.”
Halladay’s passing rocked the sports world on Tuesday. He was a prolific pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. Though he was retired at 40 years old, his career saw highlights like a no-hitter in the postseason, a pair of Cy Young awards and even the elusive perfect game.
“According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Halladay’s ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately noon ET,” reported Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. “Halladay was an avid pilot who frequently talked about his love of flying and recently posted images and video of his aircraft to social media. The plane crash happened 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla. Halladay lived in nearby Clearwater and is survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Halladay was the lone passenger of the aircraft and that no mayday call was received prior to the accident. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.”
Tomlin was certainly not the only one to speak out about the tragedy, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred put out his own statement.
“All of us at baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay,” said Manfred. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, including his wife, Brandy, and two sons, Ryan and Braden, his friends and countless fans, as well as the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations.”
Tomlin’s statement shows how things like this put sports in general in perspective. Our sympathies are also with Halladay’s family at this difficult time.
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