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Retired MLB star Roy Halladay has died at the age of 40. The former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was killed Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.

The New York Times reports that the crash was reported around 12 p.m. on Tuesday. “[W]hen law enforcement arrived on the scene, the plane, an Icon A5 registered to Halladay, was upside down in shallow water.” The Pasco County Sherriff’s Office later confirmed in a press conference that Halladay was killed when his small plane crashed off the coast of Florida.

In a statement shared to Twitter, the Phillies said, “We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay’s untimely death. 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.” The Blue Jays also released a statement.

The All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner, nicknamed “Doc,” retired from the MLB in 2013 and later obtained his pilot’s license following the conclusion of his 16-year career. He often wrote about his passion for flying on social media, tweeting photos of his plane last month with the caption, “I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better then my dreams!!”

Many took to social media to remember the former MLB star. Take a look at the tweets below:

Social Media Pays Tribute to Retired MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay

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