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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 8: Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay talks to the media prior to the game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on August 8, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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