PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida
The sheriff’s office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay’s body. No survivors were found. The Philadelphia Phillies released a statement about his death saying:
“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death. 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.”
Halladay was born in Denver and graduated from Arvada West High School in 1995. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him out of high school and he went on to play for the Jays from 1998-2009 and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2010-2013. The Cy Young Award winning pitcher leaves behind two children and his wife, Brandy.