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Former MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies at 40 in Plane Crash

Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history in 2010

Two-Time Cy Young winner and former MLB star Pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday after his plane crashed in the afternoon into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed Tuesday that Halladay died in the crash, which happened around 1 p.m. ET about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg. Halladay pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013. One of his many career highlights includes pitching the 20th perfect game in MLB history in 2010 during the regular season, and then in a division round matchup with Cincinnati, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history.

“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death,” the Phillies said in a statement posted to Twitter. “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human being to ever play the game.”

Halladay was a 6-foot-6 right-hander who was known for his durability and his command and became a two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star. Halladay will be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Halladay is survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons, Ryan and Braden. Halladay was also the pitching coach for Braden’s high school team at Calvary Christian in Florida.