Retired MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Killed in Plane Crash

Roy Halladay Plane Crash

Roy Halladay Plane Crash UPDATE: Jan. 2018

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died when a plane he was flying crashed into water in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was certified and licensed to be a pilot last November.  According to reports, Halladay had high concentrations of morphine and amphetamine along with the presence of an antidepressant, the sleeping aid zolpidem (sold under brand name Ambien) and trace amounts of alcohol in his blood.

UPDATE: Jan. 2018

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, has died in a fatal plane crash Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico.
He was 40-years-old.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Dept. in Florida Roy was the only person aboard the ICON A5 light-sport aircraft when it went down 10 miles west of St. Petersburg.

Roy Halladay nicknamed “Doc”, was an American professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013.

On November 7, 2017, Halladay died when the new 2018 model ICON A5 amphibious aircraft in which he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay is presumed to have been piloting the plane, given that he is reported to have been the only person onboard at the time of the crash. The crash was reported to have happened about 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida in water 6 feet (1.8 m) deep. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to the accident after a call at noon, reporting a sport plane having crashed upside down into shallow water. The plane was reported to be Halladay’s, and he had tweeted in the past about his excitement about acquiring the plane, which was reportedly registered in the name of Halladay’s father, a retired commercial pilot.

Halladay had two children with his wife, Brandy. During the offseason, Halladay lived with his family in Tarpon Springs, Florida.