HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP/Meredith) — 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.
They said they couldn't confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.
The deceased has been confirmed as Roy Doc Halladay.— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) November 7, 2017
The specifics of the crash are still under investigation.— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) November 7, 2017
The eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner was 40 years old. Halladay pitched in the MLB from 1988 to 2013. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1995 and traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. He pitched the league's 20th perfect game against the Florida Marlins in 2010. He recorded over 2000 strikeouts in his career.
Halladay has previously posted to Twitter about his interest in planes.
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
ICON Aircraft posted this video to YouTube of Halladay first receiving his ICON A5 aircraft.
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