(CNN)Pitcher Roy Halladay, who won two Cy Young awards and more than 200 Major League Baseball games during a stellar career, died Tuesday in a plane crash off the Florida coast, authorities said.
Halladay, 40, was the only person on the two-seater plane that crashed just off New Port Richey on the Gulf coast north of the Tampa Bay area, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
The single-engine plane, an Icon A5, crashed in very shallow water and was found upside down.
A 911 call came in at 12:06 p.m. ET saying that a small plane had crashed. There were no distress calls, the sheriff’s office said.
Icon A5s are considered light, amphibious airplanes. They can land on water or land, have folding wings and can be transported by trailers.
In recent weeks, the retired baseball star had tweeted photos of the aircraft. One post said: “I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better then my dreams!!”
In a statement following the crash, ICON called Halladay a “great advocate and friend” and said the company “will do everything it can to support the accident investigation going forward and we will comment further when more information is available.”
Halladay pitched parts of 16 seasons in the major leagues, the first 12 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won the Cy Young for the Jays in 2003, when he went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA and led the American League with nine complete games.
He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2010 season and won another Cy Young in his first year with the team. That season he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and threw a perfect game in the regular season and a no-hitter in his first postseason start. The no-hitter is the only one in National League postseason history.
“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,” a team statement said. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to (his wife) Brandy, (and sons) Ryan and Braden.”
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