Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who was the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, died Tuesday when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40.
Halladay's death was confirmed by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, which said that Halladay was alone on the plane.
The right-hander won 203 games for the Blue Jays and Phillies during a 16-year Major League career from 1998-2013. He went 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA from 2002-11, winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2003 and the National League Cy Young Award in 2010.
"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Phillies said in a statement. "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 beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."
Halladay threw the no-hitter in the 2010 NL Division Series against the Reds, walking one batter in the series opener. Don Larsen is the only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
Halladay also threw a perfect game, the 20th in Major League history, against the Marlins in 2010.
Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting seven times.
"I know there are people in his family that fly," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, who called Halladay a "friend" of the community. "That's where he got it from. He loved to fly. He talked about flying. He talked about refurbishing planes. He grew up doing it. He talked about baseball and they talked about flying."
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