Former Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay is dead following a plane crash on Tuesday, Pasco County Sheriff has confirmed.
The plane - an ICON A5 light sport aircraft - crashed 10 miles west of St. Petersburg at about 1 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said, CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV reports. He's an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young victor. He was 40 years old.
Halladay recently tweeted out pictures of his plane.
Halladay, a two-time Cy Young victor who starred with the Phillies and Blue Jays, has tweeted many times about his ICON A5 aircraft.
If baseball was Roy Halladay's first love, flying was second. "Flying really low and you could just tell it was going down", she said of the plane". The two teams he played for, the Blue Jays and Phillies, train in Dunedin and Clearwater each spring.
Halladay was the only one onboard, authorities said. He built on that resume in Philadelphia, where he won a second Cy Young, pitched a flawless game and authored a playoff no-hitter.
Halladay retired to his offseason home in Tarpon Springs in 2013 after 15 years in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia.
Deputies would not confirm what kind of aircraft it was, only calling it a "small plane".
Roy Halladay, one of the best starting pitchers of his generation, has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.