Former Blue Jays and Phillies Ace Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash

Former MLB pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay passed away today after crashing his ICON A5 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico. The Pasco Sherrif’s Office confirmed the grim news:

Additional details on the crash (via ESPN):

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s Icon A5, a small single-engine aircraft, went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.
The sheriff’s office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay’s body. No survivors were found. They said they couldn’t confirm whether there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.

Halladay became a flying enthusiast in his post-baseball life, and showed off the purchase of his ICON A5 on Twitter last month. He said owning one of these was a dream since he retired:

Go on Halladay’s Twitter page and you’ll see a lot of his recent tweets deal with flying:

As far as Halladay’s accolades are concerned, you guys already know the deal: Eight All-Star Game appearances, two Cy Young Awards, pitched a no-hitter in the postseason with the Phillies in 2010, etc. Basically he was a beast, and was so from 2001-2011.

The statements from the Phillies and Blue Jays:

Our lone Halladay story on BC:

My God, What Are They Doing To Wrigley Field?
My God, What Are They Doing To Wrigley Field?
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