Former Blue Jays star Roy Halladay dies in plane crash — CP NewsAlert

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The crash happened shortly after noon on Tuesday.

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 5, 2012 in Pittsburgh. He talked about his family. Tampa Bay's CBS affiliate reported that the plane was owned by Halladay.

We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award victor & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was also involved with Ryan's 13-and-under team. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Calvary Christian High School this spring.

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Lately, Halladays Twitter page has been full of videos and images of his ICON A5 plane. In one, he said flying the plane "low over the water is like flying a fighter jet!" "Not only is it the safest and easiest aircraft I've ever flown, it is hands-down the most fun".

The Coast Guard said the plane was a two-seat, single engine aircraft, and that the plane went down near Anclote Key. Another Yankee, Thurman Munson, died in a small plane crash in Canton, Ohio, in August 1979 as he practiced takeoffs and landings on a day off. The Jays then traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he played the next four seasons.

Halladay, 40, won the American League Cy Young award in 2003 and took NL honors in 2010, his first season with the Phillies. He claims the rare title of being one of only two players in Major League Baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs.

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On Oct. 6, 2010, Halladay hurled a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS.

In addition to his prowess on the mound, Halladay was one of the most respected leaders in the game, with a work ethic that few could match even as he entered his mid-30s in a veteran-laden Phillies clubhouse. It was no coincidence why he was the best pitcher of his era. He was the only victim in the crash.

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