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Roy Halladay, one of the best pitchers to wear a Toronto Blue Jays uniform, was killed Tuesday when his small plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5 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 if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.

The sheriff's department in Pasco County, Fla., confirmed Halladay's body was found at the scene of the crash.

Halladay, nicknamed Doc, was with the Jays from 1998-2009, winning 148 games and the 2003 Cy Young Award as the American League's best pitcher. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010 after being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2009.

This past June he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and two children.

After retiring from baseball following the 2013 season, Halladay pursued his childhood dream of becoming a pilot.

"I've been dreaming about flying since I was boy but was only able to become a pilot once I retired from baseball," Halladay told Jaysjournal.com recently.

Halladay born May 14, 1977, in Denver, made his home in Florida, not far from the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin.

Halladay was drafted by the Jays in the first round (17th overall) of the 1995 Major League Baseball amateur draft as an 18-year-old, making his first appearance with the big club three years later, pitching 14 innings and earning one win. 

After struggling early in his career, Halladay emerged as one of baseball's best pitchers in 2002 when he won 19 games, earning his first of eight all-star berths. The following year he won a career-best 22 games and his first Cy Young Award. 

However, the team's success didn't not match up with Halladay's and the team never qualified for the post-season. It took the trade to Phillies for him to see the playoffs, and it was in 2010 that Halladay had his greatest moments on the field.

On May 29 of that season, he pitched a perfect game against the Marlins, and then five months later, against the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS, Halladay pitched just the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history.

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'trane
Tragic.  RIP to one of the jays greats.
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JeffB
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ex2k
Apparently he was doing stunts with his plane... Video released.




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DocHolliday
ex2k wrote:
Apparently he was doing stunts with his plane... Video released.






It's the 3rd accident - 2 fatal - in the last 8 months in these planes (basically a jet ski with wings).  I have my own license, landing and taking off on water can be tricky as hell, if you're over confident...seems the 3 accidents are all pilot error.

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Plane Roy Halladay was flying a 'Jet Ski with wings'

 Jay Hart,Yahoo Sports 19 hours ago 
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JeffB
Wow!! This guy mocks Halladay

Listen to Felger And Mazz On Roy Halladay by AndrewBucholtz #np on #SoundCloud
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Pzabby_2nd
Maybe a bit in bad taste. Yeah it seems there should be some blame to put on Halladay. But so soon after? In such a crass way?

Plus, while he was seemingly a bit at fault, let's not ignore the plane company who designed it, who advertised it as a toy, and the god damn FAA allowing it. I'm more angry about the plane, advertising and regulations surrounding it than I am about Halladay putting his life at risk in light of his family.
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