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Former MLB star pitcher dies in plane crash

Eight-time MLB All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay died Tuesday after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Halladay’s ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed about a quarter mile west of Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

Halladay was alone in the aircraft. No mayday calls were made to air traffic controllers, the sheriff’s office said.

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Born Harry Leroy Halladay in Denver, Colo., on May 14, 1977, he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (17th overall) of the 1995 draft.

Among Toronto starters, Halladay ranks third all-time with a 3.43 ERA, second with 148 wins, tied for first with a 1.20 WHIP and second with 1,495 strikeouts, according to mlb.com.

Halladay is one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young award in the American and National leagues. During his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay finished with a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA. He placed in the top five of Cy Young voting seven times and led MLB for five consecutive seasons in complete games.

While with the Phillies in 2010, Halladay pitched a perfect game during the regular season and a no-hitter in his postseason debut.

A right shoulder injury ended his career in 2013. Halladay leaves behind a wife and two boys.

“As a baseball player, you realize that’s something you can’t do the rest of your life,” Halladay said. “I really don’t have any regrets. You realize there’s other things for you to accomplish in life.”

He was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.

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