This is absolutely devastating news.
A plane belonging to Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays great Roy Halladay crashed in the Gulf of Mexico today.
Tail number of aircraft that crashed into Gulf does match Roy Halladay’s plane, identity of dead not confirmed. https://t.co/quQJ2rDQ0U— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) November 7, 2017
There is one confirmed death, but no word yet about whether it's Halladay himself and if he was the one piloting the plane. There is also no word if there were any other passengers in the plane, but the tail number does match the one of Halladay's new plane.
Just heard from a friend's that Roy Halladay's new plane went down in the Gulf of Mexico and there's one dead. No word on if it's Roy— Wentz Wagon Driver (@NotUrAvgHoodrat) November 7, 2017
Here's a photo of the scene:
Halladay's been remarkably proud of his newfound passion for flying, often sharing footage as he's gained more and more knowledge.
I keep telling my dad flying the Icon A5 low over the water is like flying a fighter jet! His response..... I am flying a fighter jet!! pic.twitter.com/30eVjz9eS6— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) October 31, 2017
He even posted footage of his flight on November 4.
Visually, when comparing side-by-side photos of Halladay with his plane and the crash site, it's clear that they're marked with the same ID.
Roy Halladay next to his plane and photo of crashed plane have same tags. No confirmation on identity of person dead. pic.twitter.com/D5bfhASZC1— Justin Granit (@JustinGranit) November 7, 2017
The eight-time All-Star last pitched in the big leagues back in 2013. He finished his 16-year career with 203 wins and two Cy Young Awards and is a future Hall of Famer.
A playoff no-hitter. A perfect game in Miami. There's nothing more to say about the man who dominated to an absurd degree, helped rejuvenate baseball in Canada, and led a resurgent Phillies staff to playoff success.
The plane that crashed in the Gulf belongs to former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay. 10News confirmed... https://t.co/eJ2aWwxQGH— Courtney Robinson (@CBSCourtney) November 7, 2017
While some have reported that Halladay has passed, we're still awaiting details from the sheriff.
Nothing is confirmed. We are praying. — SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) November 7, 2017
We're crushed and find ourselves hoping that Halladay somehow wasn't on board or miraculously made it off. Multiple reports confirm the matching tail numbers, however.
We'll keep you updated with accurate details of the devastation.