For­mer Blue Jays star Roy Hal­la­day dies in plane crash

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PASCO COUNTY — For­mer Toronto Blue Jays star pitcher Roy Hal­la­day died Tues­day af­ter his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mex­ico. He was 40.

The sher­iff’s depart­ment in Pasco County, Fla., con­firmed Hal­la­day’s body was found at the scene of the crash. At a news con­fer­ence, Sher­iff Chris Nocco — who knew Hal­la­day — said the ICON A5 went down about noon East­ern Time near Hol­i­day, Fla.

“He was prob­a­bly one of the most hum­ble hu­man be­ings you’ll ever meet,” Nocco said. “For some­body who won two Cy Youngs, as I said one of the great­est pitch­ers in base­ball, he would walk in the room as if he was just any­body. It didn’t mat­ter who he met, he was kind and gen­er­ous.”

The sher­iff’s of­fice marine unit re­sponded to the downed plane and found Hal­la­day’s body.

No sur­vivors were found. Po­lice said they couldn’t con­firm if there were ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers on the plane or say where it was headed.

Hal­la­day was an ama­teur pi­lot who of­ten posted on so­cial me­dia about small planes. ICON air­craft had posted a video with Hal­la­day try­ing out a new plane.

Hal­la­day won a Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays in 2003 and took the NL award in 2010 with the Philadel­phia Phillies. He threw the 20th per­fect game in MLB his­tory on May 29, 2010.

The na­tive of Den­ver, Colo., was se­lected by the Blue Jays in the first round (No. 17 over­all) of the 1995 MLB Ama­teur Draft.

The six-foot-six 225-pound right-han­der made his big-league de­but with Toronto in 1998 and be­came a reg­u­lar the fol­low­ing sea­son. He broke out in the 2002 cam­paign with a 19-7 record and 2.93 earned-run av­er­age over 239 1/3 in­nings.

In his AL Cy Young sea­son, Hal­la­day went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA and nine com­plete games over 266 in­nings.

A face of the fran­chise for most of his 12-year run in Toronto, he was dealt to Philadel­phia in De­cem­ber 2009. Hal­la­day won the NL Cy Young in his first sea­son with the Phillies, go­ing 21-10 in 2010 with a 2.44 ERA and nine com­plete games.

He spent four sea­sons in Philadel­phia be­fore re­tir­ing.

“We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Hal­la­day’s un­timely death,” the Phillies said in a state­ment. “There are no words to de­scribe the sad­ness that the en­tire Phillies fam­ily is feel­ing over the loss of one of the most re­spected hu­man be­ings to ever play the game. It is with the heav­i­est of hearts that we pass along our con­do­lences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”

In late 2013, Hal­la­day signed a one-day free-agent con­tract with Toronto so he could re­tire as a Blue Jay. Over 16 sea­sons in the ma­jor leagues, Hal­la­day had a 203-105 record and 3.38 ERA. The Cana­dian Press

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