Earlier today in the Gulf of Mexico, Roy Halladay died in a plane crash.
The 2-time Cy Young Award winner and 8-time All-Star was an avid flyer, often sharing his experiences on social media. Earlier reports in the day noted a plane registered in his name had crashed and the lone pilot had died. By 4:30 pm the local authorities confirmed it was fan favorite Roy Halladay.
Roy started his MLB career in Toronto and overcame a demotion to the minor leagues to become one of the most preeminent pitchers in his generation. After 12 years as a Blue Jay, he was traded to the Phillies in December 2009. He quickly achieved icon status in the city after a dominating first year which saw him win his second Cy Young Award. He will forever be remembered for throwing both a perfect game in the regular season and a no-hitter in his first playoff appearance.
Roy was 40 years old and is survived by his wife and two children.
Along with countless people around the world, we at Phillies Nation are profoundly saddened by this tragic news and send condolences to his family – feel free to leave yours in the comments.