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:
Jose Fernandez is one of the most genuine guys I've ever played with. He loved life, he loved baseball…..he will be missed dearly.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) September 25, 2016
Absolutely crushed hearing the news about Jose. Brought so much energy and passion towards life! You will be missed Papo RIP
— Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos305) September 25, 2016
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) September 25, 2016
Sick to my stomach. Can't believe this. #RIPJoseFernandez
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) September 25, 2016
Statement from the Miami Marlins organization: pic.twitter.com/6A4Rv6m2g9
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 25, 2016
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.”
Commissioner Rob Manfred on the heartbreaking loss of José Fernández. pic.twitter.com/mYv6aCWhRc
— MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016
— MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016
I'm still in shock. The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family. #RIPjose
— Gaby Sanchez (@GabySanchez15) September 25, 2016
I tend to stay off of Twitter on start days but I cannot believe the news about Jose Fernandez. The game and the world just lost a great one
— Jon Lester (@JLester34) September 25, 2016
There are days you don't want to open Twitter and see the news. RIP Jose Fernandez. Heartbroken.
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) September 25, 2016
wow very sad new this morning…hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion #ripjose
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) September 25, 2016
The entire #Dbacks organization sends love, thoughts & prayers to the Marlins & family and friends of Jose Fernandez. May he rest in peace.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 25, 2016
Sad sad news this morning. A special player gone too early. Thoughts and prays going up to the Fernandez family. #RIP
— Trea Turner (@treavturner) September 25, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jose Fernandez, his family and the entire Marlins organization during this incredibly difficult time.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 25, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of José Fernández as well as the Marlins organization and fans.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 25, 2016
Our thoughts are with the Marlins and Jose's family this morning.
A bright star gone way too soon.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) September 25, 2016
We are heartbroken by the news of Jose Fernandez's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & the entire Marlins organization.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 25, 2016
The Atlanta Braves organization sends our deepest condolences to the family of Jose Fernandez and to the Marlins organization.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 25, 2016
It is with heavy hearts that we send our deepest condolences to the Miami Marlins organization and to José's friends, family and loved ones.
— Houston Astros (@astros) September 25, 2016