Then-Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay works against the San Diego Padres on September 12, 2013 (Photo: Drew Hallowell)
Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay, 40, died when his small plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon.
In Florida, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Halladay died in the crash that occurred approximately 11 a.m. mountain time about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg.
Halladay learned to fly after his playing career. He spent 12 years with the Toronto Blue Jays and four more with the Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay was an 8-time All-Star and 2-time Cy Young Award winner.
Halladay attended Arvada West High School and was the 17th overall selection in the 1995 MLB June Amateur draft.
Halladay retired from baseball on December 12, 2013 with a career record of 203-105 and a 3.38 ERA.
In the news briefing linked here, officials from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida confirmed Halladay's death.