A plane owned by retired baseball pitcher Roy Halladay crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and there are fears the ex-Philadelphia Phillies player might have been on board.
TMZ reported that Halladay, 40, died in the plane crash.
The Philadelphia Phillies, said in a statement, they “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,” the statement read.
“It is with our heaviest hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan, and Braden,” the statement added.
Other media outlets other than TMZ have not yet been able to confirm his death.
TMZ reported, “The Pasco County Sheriff’s Dept. is holding a news conference to reveal details of the crash. They confirm Roy was the only person aboard the ICON A5 light sport aircraft when it went down 10 miles west of St. Petersburg.”
He purchased the ICON A5 last month, the website reported.
Roy was an eight-time All-Star pitcher for the Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays. He was also a two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Halladay was expected to be a surefire Hall of Famer when he’s eligible in 2019.
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