PHILADELPHIA (CBSMiami) — The plane reportedly owned by former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly after the crash was reported, police confirmed that Halladay died in the crash.
The Phillies released a statement shortly after the news broke. It read in part “We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death.”
It was not initally known if Halladay was in the plane, however, Ryan Bass, the sports director at the CBS Tampa affiliate, reports the tail number of the aircraft matched that of Halladay’s plane.
Halladay previously posted pictures and videos of himself flying his new ICON A5 light-sport aircraft on his Twitter account.
Here’s a video ICON Aircraft released on their YouTube account featuring the former Phillies pitcher.
Halladay is a former eight-time All-Star pitcher for the Blue Jays (1998-2009) and the Phillies (2010-2013). He won the Cy Young Award in 2003 and 2010.
Halladay has two children with his wife, Brandy.