Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Halladay was 40 years old. He had taken up flying as a hobby since retiring from baseball in 2013.
With six all-star appearances and a Cy Young Award in 12 seasons in Toronto, Halladay ranks among the greatest players in franchise history.
The aircraft company created a video, uploaded to YouTube, of the probable Hall of Famer's love of life 35,000 feet in the sky.
Investigators initially had trouble locating a flight plan that could confirm the number of people in the plane, WFLA reported. He threw 15 complete games during his career. In 2010 he pitched a perfect game in the regular season, and a no-hitter in the post season. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003 and 2010.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing and generous individual. Our hearts go out to Roy and his family", the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Halladay's Twitter bio location reads "in the air or on the water!" and his profile picture shows him apparently piloting a small aircraft. He is survived by a wife and two children.