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Former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay killed in plane crash

Phillies: 'We are numb over the very tragic news'

Former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay...

HOLIDAY, Fla. - Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday when his plane crashed off the gulf coast of Florida.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5 went down about noon near Holiday, Florida.

The sheriff's office marine unit responded to the downed plane and found Halladay's body. He was the only person on the two-seater, Nocco said.

"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."

Halladay, 40, retired in 2013 after 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden," the Phillies continued.

Several of Halladay's former teammates are also sharing their condolences on social media.

"Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother," said former Philadelphia and Reading Fightin Phils outfielder Shane Victorino.

"Such a sad day," added former Phillies first-basemen Ryan Howard. "We lost a great ballplayer but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, and Brayden."

The Phillies' neighbors in south Philly also passed along their condolences.

"The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of Phillies icon Roy Halladay. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of Roy Halladay," the Flyers said on Twitter. "We extend our thoughts and condolences to his family and loved ones."

"The 76ers organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Philadelphia Phillies great Roy Halladay. We extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones and our friends within the Phillies organization during this difficult time." 


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