RIP Roy Halladay

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Reports saying this is former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay’s plane. One person is dead in crash. That person has not yet been ID’d.
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HOLIDAY, Fla. - One person was killed Tuesday after a plane registered to eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

It was not immediately known if Halladay was flying the plane.

Halladay's ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf 10 miles west of St. Petersburg at about 1 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
 

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edit- He was apparently the only person in the plane
 
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Oof, this always happens out of nowhere.

Halladay was really damn good. His peak was HOF caliber but he lost it really fast and a bit early, probably Hall of Very Good. Absolutely terrible his life is over already.
 

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Awful news. 2016 and 2017 has been brutal for deaths.
 

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Goddamn. I loved Halladay when he was with the Jays. He had a sort of quiet and cool composure that only served to magnify his abilities on the mound.
 

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Hard to believe that he died flying a plane despite never being a member of the Yankees.
 

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His Cy Young season in ‘03 is even more impressive when you look at the offenses he was facing in the division that year. 11 starts vs Bos and NYY who were #1 and #2 in most offensive categories.
 
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Always loved watching him pitch (when it wasn't against the Red Sox). He had a composure that was fierce, intimidating.
 

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This is so awful. Based on his twitter feed he bought that plane on October 12th, and was so incredibly excited about it that it was almost the only thing he tweeted about for the last month.
 

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Ya, this doesn't look awesome either:

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!!
 

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Oof. This is brutal.

Someone responded "please be careful" to the tweet posted above and man, that is just sad.
 

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Always loved watching him pitch (when it wasn't against the Red Sox). He had a composure that was fierce, intimidating.
I loved it even against the Red Sox, given the number of times he matched up against Pedro back then... just an absolutely perfect opponent that created drama for an in-division matchup. Doc vs Pedro was appointment viewing. Despite being on a division opponent he was one of my favorite non-Sox players back then. This news blows. RIP
 

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This is so awful. Based on his twitter feed he bought that plane on October 12th, and was so incredibly excited about it that it was almost the only thing he tweeted about for the last month.
It's even his background picture for his twitter page.
I really hope he wasn't doing anything dumb like flying too low like his tweet says
 

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I loved it even against the Red Sox, given the number of times he matched up against Pedro back then... just an absolutely perfect opponent that created drama for an in-division matchup. Doc vs Pedro was appointment viewing. Despite being on a division opponent he was one of my favorite non-Sox players back then. This news blows. RIP
Right there with you. Halladay was a worthy opponent. I had a ton of respect for him whether he was pitching against the Sox or not.
 

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Tremendously sad. My wife was at the NLDS game where he pitched the No-hitter against the Reds, said it was the most fun she ever had at a sporting event.
 

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It's even his background picture for his twitter page.
I really hope he wasn't doing anything dumb like flying too low like his tweet says
Judging by photos I think it may have been a plane you could land in the water.

Very sad, right there with everyone who loved watching him pitch, even if it was for a rival team. Injuries ended his career prematurely but he was a horse in his prime.
 

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Oof, this always happens out of nowhere.

Halladay was really damn good. His peak was HOF caliber but he lost it really fast and a bit early, probably Hall of Very Good. Absolutely terrible his life is over already.
He should make the HOF. Arguably the best pitcher of his era. I'm not saying that because of the tragedy today.
 

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Keep in mind that just before he exploded on the scene, he was sent all the way down to Single A after posting an ERA over 10, a rare feat in baseball history. It was in Dunedin that he retooled his delivery and discovered the cutter that made him a dominant pitcher for nearly a decade.
 

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It's even his background picture for his twitter page.
I really hope he wasn't doing anything dumb like flying too low like his tweet says
Well, for context the A5 is made for water landings. It's an floatplane.

Edit: I think the more complicating factor is that Icons are basically geared towards non-pilots. It's a startup that sort of created a "sportscar as plane" adventure market.
 

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Keep in mind that just before he exploded on the scene, he was sent all the way down to Single A after posting an ERA over 10, a rare feat in baseball history. It was in Dunedin that he retooled his delivery and discovered the cutter that made him a dominant pitcher for nearly a decade.
Phrasing?