Two-time Cy Young winner, Roy Halladay, died when his single-engine plane crahsed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s office in Florida.
Halladay was 40 years old and the loan occupant of the plane. He made three calls to air-traffic control, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters at a news conference.
The Pasco Sheriffs Office Marine unit, counties fire department and U.S. Coast Guard all responded to the call that a single engine light-sport category aircraft had crashed.
“When the deputies got out they, they hoped it would go low enough that somebody could have ditched it,” Nocco said.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Terry Williams told USAT Today Sports that the agencies investigators are scheduled to arrive at the scene of the crash Tuesday evening.
“The FAA will release the aircraft registration after local authorities release that information. The federal aviation administration will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident,” FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said.
Halladay had a record of 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his baseball career. In 2010, he became the only second picture to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.
He began his 16-year career in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays, and played for them until 2009.
Before retiring in 2013, he spent his final four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and was an eight-time All-Star finishing in the top five of the Cy Young award seven times.
Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in baseball history beating the then- Florida Marlins 1-0, on May 29, 2010.
His success continued a short five months later as he threw the second no hitter in postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds in game one of the 2010 National League Division Series.
Due to back injuries, Halladay announced his retirement from baseball after the 2013 season. He had a ceremonial one day signing contract with the Blue Jays.
Halladay is survived by wife Brandy and two children Ryan and Braden.