Former major league baseball star killed in plane crash

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Baseball legend and former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash Tuesday just after noon, when his small plane went down in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Florida.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office reported that his plane landed upside down in shallow water.

After retiring from baseball, Halladay had taken up flying as a hobby.

NBC Philadelphia reported:

Halladay, known as “Doc,” pitched four seasons with the Phillies before retiring after injuries cut short his 2013 season. He won the 2010 National League Cy Young Award and pitched a perfect game while winning 21 games in his first season with the Phillies. He would go on to pitch a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in that year’s divisional series.

He started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award, before being traded to the Phillies before the 2010 season.

The Phillies released a statement of condolence upon hearing the news of Halladay’s death:

“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the spokesperson wrote. “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 sent out a Twitter post on October 13, saying, “I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better than my dreams!!”

This is a developing story.

 

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