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MLB: Former Cy Young Award Winner Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash
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7 Nov 2017 06:01 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay with the Toronto Blue Jays. (Image Source: Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Florida earlier today. According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Halladay’s single-engine plane (Icon A5) crashed around noon on Tuesday.

The sheriff’s department has not released where Halladay was flying to or whether he was the only passenger on the plane. Halladay had been a licensed pilot for several years.

Halladay, who was 40 years old, retired from baseball in 2013. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was 203-105 in his 16-year career with a 3.38 ERA. As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay made eight All-Star games.

"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."

His most iconic moments came in 2010 with the Phillies when he threw a perfect game, followed by a no-hitter in the playoffs. Nicknamed “Doc,” Halladay started his career in Toronto where he pitched from 1998-2009.

"The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise's greatest and most respected players, but even better human being," the team said in a statement. "It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Following his final season with the Phillies, Halladay signed a one-day contract with Toronto in December of 2013 so he could finish his career as a Blue Jay.

Other baseball players who died in plane crashes include the iconic Roberto Clemente on New Year’s Eve in 1972, as well as two New York Yankees, catcher Thurmond Munson in 1979 and pitcher Cory Lidle in 2006.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. 

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