Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies In Boat Crash at 24

Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) of the Miami Marlins during media day for the MLB All Star Game at the Grand Hyatt. Fernandez has died age 24, the team confirmed in a statement on September 25, 2016 with media reports saying he was killed in a boating accident on Miami Beach.    Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) of the Miami Marlins during media day for the MLB All Star Game at the Grand Hyatt. Fernandez has died age 24, the team confirmed in a statement on September 25, 2016 with media reports saying he was killed in a boating accident on Miami Beach. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boat crash early on Sunday in Florida, according to a statement by the team and local media reports. He was 24 years old.

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the loss of Jose Fernandez,” the Major League Baseball team said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

Fernandez was one of three people killed in the boating incident off Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reported.

Emergency crews responded to reports of an overturned 30-foot-boat early on Sunday near the Government Cut shipping channel and South Pointe Park, where they found two bodies in the water and one body on top of the boat, WSVN News reported.

The Marlins canceled its game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday due to the death of Fernandez, who was the National League rookie of the year in 2013.

SOURCE: Reuters
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Andrea Ricci)