HOLIDAY, Fla. -- Former MLB star pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico.
Halladay's ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf 10 miles west of St. Petersburg at about 1 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Office told WTSP.
Halladay played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013. He was an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner.
On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched a pitched a perfect game and later that same season threw the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history.
Halladay, an avid pilot, was featured in an Oct. 12 article on ICON Aircraft’s website that shows Halladay posing next to his ICON A5.
The article quotes the Halladay saying:
“I’ve been dreaming about flying since I was a boy but was only able to become a pilot once I retired from baseball. I’ve owned other aircraft, but no aircraft embodies the adventure or captured the dream of flying like the A5. Not only is it the safest and easiest aircraft I’ve ever flown, it is hands-down the most fun. The beaches, lakes, and waterways my family and I get to explore around Florida are mind-blowing. Words don’t do justice to what the A5 allows us to experience. Even my wife, who used to be uncomfortable in small planes, now asks where we should take the A5 for the weekend.”
It’s not yet clear what caused the fatal crash, pending a full investigation. The sheriff’s office is asking people to respect his family and allow them to grieve in peace.
Halladay is survived by his wife, Brady, and their two children.