Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday
The plane as an ICON A5 light sport aircraft – went down 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida around 1 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 40 year old became a pilot after he retired from baseball after the 2013 season.
Halladay recently received his pilot’s license and tweeted photos last month of himself standing next to a new ICON A5 plane, which was the model of aircraft that was recovered Tuesday in the Gulf.
Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his 16-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He threw a perfect game during the 2010 season and a no-hitter that postseason.
“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the 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. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.
Statement from the Blue Jays organization on the tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/Ih8D0RQE9p
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 7, 2017