Former Phillie Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash

The baseball legend was 40 years old.

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Future Hall of Fame pitcher and Phillies legend Roy Halladay has died. A plane registered to Halladay crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Early reports were that one person had passed away.

The Phillies released a statement on Twitter following confirmation of Halladay’s passing.

Halladay, 40, was a licensed pilot and since retiring from baseball has been an avid traveler and outdoorsman, often sharing videos and photos from his adventures. His Twitter bio is “Courage is not being fearless but rather acting in spite of the existence of fear!” His location is “In the air or on the water!”

Halladay recently tweeted about his new Icon A5 aircraft. From the Icon website, the plane is “designed to change the way you interact with the world, even if you’ve owned an aircraft in the past. The combination of folding wings, amphibious capability, and an optional custom trailer means you can own an A5 without ever setting foot on an airport.”

The A5 does fit two people, and Halladay has been tweeting images of him with passengers over the last few days.

Halladay played parts of 16 seasons in the majors, including four for the Phillies. He won the Cy Young award in 2003 with Toronto and in 2010 with the Phillies and went to eight All-Star games.

He started just 103 regular season games for the Phillies from 2010 through 2013, a year in which he managed to pitch just 62 innings because of injury. But when he was at his best, there was no one better in the game. His 2010 perfect game and playoff no-hitter that same year are two of the great moments in Phillies history. Halladay was one of the great men in baseball history.

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