Today, ex-Toronto Blue Jay and Philadelphia Philly Roy Halladay passed away in a single-person plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico.

At 1:36 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Dept. announced via Twitter they were investigating reports of a downed plane in the water.

During a first press conference soon after the crash, the department confirmed one fatality during the crash and that the plane matched an Icon A5 amphibious aircraft Halladay had recently purchased.

Halladay, who spent the bulk of his 16 season career with the Toronto Blue Jays, retired in 2013. It appears he purchased the Icon A5, which Halladay described as a dream of his since retirement, on Oct. 13.

During a second press conference at 4:15 p.m., Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco confirmed Halladay as the plane crash victim.


Halladay's life in Florida included charitable contributions to the Sheriff's Dept. and coaching a youth baseball team to a USSSA 13u state championship.