Former all-star MLB pitcher and flight enthusiast Roy Halladay died tragically on Tuesday when his light-sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.
The deceased has been confirmed as Roy Doc Halladay.
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) November 7, 2017
The Cy Young award-winner, 40, was in an ICON aircraft that crash-landed into the Gulf about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg at about 1 p.m., according to local news reports.
Halladay retired in 2013 after playing with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. His sterling career included 8 all-star appearances and more than 2,000 strikeouts.
In 2010, Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins. Later that year, he threw the second post-season no-hitter in MLB history.
The former all-star posted images of his aircraft on social media in the past — and spoke about his love of flight in a magazine article.
“I’ve been dreaming about flying since I was a boy but was only able to become a pilot once I retired from baseball,” Halladay said in the article published in October.
SOURCE: New York Post – Joe Tacopino