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Death of Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Sparks Shock and Sadness in Sports World

”I am so sick right now,“ writes New York Mets outfielder Justin Ruggiano

Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died early on Sunday after a boating accident, according to multiple reports.

A defector from Cuba and a rising star in the MLB, he was just 24 years old.

Fernandez was one of three people killed in the accident in Miami Beach, according to the Associated Press.

The MLB has cancelled Sunday’s Marlins game against the Atlanta Braves.

As the sports world awoke to the news on Sunday, tributes and messages of shock and sadness poured in on Twitter:

The MLB issued a statement from commissioner Rob Manfred: “All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández. He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in this life.”