Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Roy Halladay dies in plane crash

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Spencer Simpson | 08 November, 2017, 00:57

Authorities responded to a call for a small plane down shortly after noon.

Investigators say the small plane is upside down in shallow water north of Bailey's Bluff in Holiday.

The Coast Guard said the plane was a two-seat, single engine aircraft, and that the plane went down near Anclote Key.

Halladay is a former eight-time All-Star pitcher for the Blue Jays (1998-2009) and the Phillies (2010-2013). "When he spoke of his family he spoke with pride and to Brandy and the boys and the entire family we are so sad for your loss", Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters.

Halladay has since posted several other tweets about his A5. He talked about his family. He started flying after he retired from baseball.

The Philadelphia Phillies said the team was "numb" over the news.

His death on Tuesday comes less than a month after he took to Twitter to post photos of the aircraft.

In late 2013, Halladay signed a one-day free-agent contract with Toronto so he could retire as a Blue Jay.

The aircraft's manufacturer confirmed Tuesday that they were aware of the crash.

The A5 was a newer model from Icon, based in Vacaville, California. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

"The specifics of the crash are still under investigation", the sheriff's office said. The two-time Cy Young victor and eight-time Major League Baseball All-Star was only 40.

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

Even though the Phillies failed to earn that third trip in a row to the World Series in 2010, what Halladay was able to do in his first year with the team was simply unbelievable to witness.

Halladay threw a ideal game in 2010 against the Marlins.

In 2010, he pitched a no-hitter for the Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Halladay is the father of two children with his wife, Brandy.

Halladay was well respected throughout the game.

He spent four seasons in Philadelphia before retiring. "He is by far the hardest worker that Ive ever seen and treated every game as if it were his last".

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