Former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday in a plane crash, state police in Florida confirmed.
Halladay’s aircraft crashed about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla, according to officials.
JUST IN: Retired MLB pitcher Roy Halladay killed in plane crash off Florida coast, law enforcement says. pic.twitter.com/FDsm31RuBh
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2017
The 40-year-old was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star.
Halladay was a hobbyist pilot, owned his own aircraft and hoped to become an instructor. He often shared images of his favorite passions in retirement — flying and coaching youth baseball. Halladay is survived by his wife Brandy and two sons.
I keep telling my dad flying the Icon A5 low over the water is like flying a fighter jet! His response….. I am flying a fighter jet!! pic.twitter.com/30eVjz9eS6
— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) October 31, 2017
News of Halladay’s death prompted an outpouring of emotion via social media.
Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017