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Blue Jays great Roy Halladay killed in plane crash

Blue Jays great Roy Halladay killed in plane crash
From CBC - November 7, 2017

Roy Halladay, one of the best pitchers to wear a Toronto Blue Jays uniform, was killed Tuesday when his small plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5 went down about noon ET Tuesday near Holiday, Fla., just north of Tampa.

The sheriff's office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay's body. No survivors were found.

They said they could not confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.

"He was probably one of the most humble human beings you will ever meet," said Nocco, a friend of Halladay's. "For somebody who won two Cy Youngs, as I said one of the greatest pitchers in baseball, he would walk in the room as if he was just anybody. It did not matter who he met, he was kind and generous."

Halladay was an amateur pilot who often posted on social media about small planes. ICON aircraft had posted a video with Halladay trying out a new plane.

In the video,Halladaysaid the terms of his baseball contract prevented him from having a pilot's license while playing, and that his wife was originally against the idea of him getting the aircraft.

"She's fought me the whole way,"Halladaysaid.

"Hard. I fought hard. I was very against it," BrandyHalladaysaid in the same video, before explaining why she eventually understood and approved of her husband's desire to have the plane.

Halladayand Brandy have two sons.

I keep telling my dad flying the Icon A5 low over the water is like flying a fighter jet! His response..... I am flying a fighter jet!! pic.twitter.com/30eVjz9eS6

@RoyHalladay

I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better then my dreams!! Thx Kirk & everyone @ICONAircraft pic.twitter.com/wkk6TtjAY4

@RoyHalladay

Halladay, nicknamed Doc,was with the Jays from 1998-2009, winning 148 games and the 2003 Cy Young Award as the American League's best pitcher. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010 after being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2009.

This past June he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from baseball following the 2013 season, Halladaypursued his childhood dream of becoming a pilot.

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