Baseball All-Star dies

Former Major League Baseball star Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. The Denver-born pitcher was 40.

Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, spending his final four seasons there.

He was the only person on board the plane when it went down.

The Phillies have released a statement on the loss of their former player: “”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.”

Halladay had been an eight-time All-Star selection. He also pitched a perfect game on May 29 2010, only the 20th such feat in MLB history.

Recent World Series winner Justin Verlander tweeted his condolences.

Halladay’s death has been acknowledged by other sporting worlds with the Toronto Raptors having a moment of silence in his memory before last night’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

This is not the first time the world of baseball has faced such a tragedy. In 2006, fellow pitcher Cory Lidle died in a plane crash. Lidle and Hallarday were teammates for the Blue Jays in 2003. More famously, Roberto Clemente died in an 1972 plane accident.

Edited by Alex Robertson

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