Former Baseball Star, Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash

Lawrence Cooper
November 8, 2017

The retired baseball star died in a fatal plane crash on Tuesday (November 7) in the Gulf of Mexico, as confirmed by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department. The two-time Cy Young victor and eight-time Major League Baseball All-Star was only 40. Then, last month, his other dream was fulfilled, when the 40-year-old became the proud owner of an ICON A5 plane. On Halloween, he posted that flying it low over the water felt like piloting a fighter jet.

"We recovered one body", Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced late Tuesday afternoon.

Halladay, a two-time Cy Young victor who starred with the Phillies and Blue Jays, has tweeted many times about his ICON A5 aircraft. He received the first 2018 model and was prominently featured in Icon's promotional materials, and often tweeted his love for flying the little plane.

And now the beloved former Phillie and Blue Jays ace is gone.

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Halladay is one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young in the American and National leagues.

He stayed with the Blue Jays before leaving to join the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.

Deputies would not confirm what kind of aircraft it was, only calling it a "small plane". The Pirates Roberto Clemente also died in a plane crash, as a passenger on a mission to deliver aid to Nicaraguan natural disaster victims in 1972. In 2010, he pitched a ideal game, striking out 11 against the Florida Marlins.

This is a developing story; more to follow.

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