Tragic Plane Crash Leaves Pitcher Roy Halladay Dead At Age 40
On Thursday, November 7th, 2017, Roy Halladay was involved in a plane crash just off the coast of Florida. Reports of the crash came in at 12:06 pm by a resident who contacted local authorities regarding a plane flying about in "unusual patterns" before crashing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Halladay's plane was sighted by boaters in the area who also noticed the bizarre flying and pulled out their cell phones to record the scene. News source TMZ received footage from some of the boaters who made it to the scene. Warning: Video Contains Unedited Language
Roy was a well-known Pitcher for Major League Baseball. During his 16 year career in the MLB (1998-2013) he played for both the Toronto Blue Jays (1998-2009) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010-2013).
During his professional career, Mr. Halladay was an 8-time All-Star, 2-time recipient of the Cy Young Award, and winner of numerous league awards as well. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred came out in a statement saying, "All of us at Baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay . . . A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career".
To the world, Roy was greatly known for his professional career, however, to those close to him he was known in a different way; Husband and Father. Harry Le"Roy" Halladay III married Brandy Halladay and together had two sons. The family lived in Tampa Springs, Florida where Roy would live during the offseason. Apart from being a family man, Roy always wanted to be in the air; flying was not just a dream of his, it was in his blood. His father was also a pilot, and it was soon after his retirement he achieved his dream.
As a teammate, as a husband and as a father, Roy will surely be missed. His death is a reminder that anything can happen, and that nothing in life is ever guaranteed. At age 40, Roy has left behind his wife and two children. Friends, family and others across the world of sports reach out through their twitter accounts sending their condolences to the late Halladay