Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies at 40 in Plane Crash

Kristopher Nichols
November 8, 2017

Halladay's plane, an ICON A5 single-engine aircraft, crashed in Pasco County, Fla. early afternoon Tuesday. The two-time Cy Young victor and eight-time Major League Baseball All-Star was only 40.

The Phillies said "we are numb over the very tragic news of Roy Halladay's untimely death" and called him "one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game".

Halladay, 40, was a private pilot and had frequently tweeted about the amphibious sport plane that he liked to fly over the beach.

A viewer sent WTSP-TV video of the wreckage that showed the same plane posted in images and video to Halladay's Twitter account.

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Halladay won the Cy Young Award twice, first with the Blue Jays in 2003 and again in 2010 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Calvary Christian High School this spring. He won a Cy Young Award as best pitcher in both the American and National Leagues and amassed 203 regular-season victories. The team expressed their condolences to his wife and two children.

The ex-Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies star was flying a light aircraft when it came down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deputies would not confirm what kind of aircraft it was, only calling it a "small plane". He placed in the top five of Cy Young voting seven times and led Major League Baseball for five consecutive seasons in complete games. He was the only victim in the crash.

This is a developing news story.

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