Roy Halladay, the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the MLB post-season, was killed Tuesday when the plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida. He was 40.
Authorities say the single-engine ICON A5 crashed about noon Tuesday. The Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit found Halladay’s body and no other survivors, according to MLB.com. It is not yet known if he was carrying any passengers.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.
The Phillies released a statement saying they are numb over the tragic news.
“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,” the team said. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”