While piloting a small plane over the Gulf of Mexico, Roy Halladay crashed off the coast of Holiday, the Pasco County Sheriffs Office has confirmed.
He was 40.
Pasco County officials received the call just after noon. Halladay was the only one aboard the plane.
Halladay had become increasingly involved in flying since his retirement, posting several times recently about his new plane (an Icon A5) and the fun he was having flying it.
I’m really not big on posting pic’s of my stuff and I’ll never be on Cribs... but this A5 is so outrageous I’d feel guilty not sharing pics! pic.twitter.com/UUmZMfgsff— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) October 17, 2017
Halladay was an 8-time All-Star and a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during his career. He was one of only two players to ever throw a no hitter in the playoffs.
In short, he was special.
Our thoughts are with Halladay’s family, his friends, and his teammates.