Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing and generous individual. Our hearts go out to Roy and his family,” the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Earlier today, multiple outlets in Tampa, Fla., area had reported that the tail number of the plane was registered to Halladay. It went down in the Gulf of Mexico, near the northern suburb of Holiday. Photos showed the plane floating upside down in the water.
“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the Philadelphia Phillies said in a statement today. “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”
Halladay, a two-time Cy Young winner who starred with the Phillies and Blue Jays, had previously posted pictures and videos of himself flying his new ICON A5 light-sport aircraft on his Twitter account.