DEVELOPING: Roy Halladay Dies In Plane Crash
Former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay was found as the lone occupant of an ICON A5 plane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa Bay, Florida early Tuesday afternoon.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Halladay was 40 years old.
Halladay had recently picked up his pilot's license and had sent out photos recently over social media with himself and his plane.
Here's early video from WFAA-TV
And the press conference from Pasco County, Florida., thanks to our friends at Global News
Early word from the Philadelphia Phillies organization came in a prepared statement:
"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Phillies said in a statement. "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."
“We can confirm that an ICON A5 was involved in an incident in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida earlier today,” ICON company spokesman Zac Herndon told FOX 29 in Philadelphia. “We are in the process of finding out more information and will provide more details as facts come in.”
Halladay won 203 games in 16 major league seasons.
More when we know more...