Former Blue Jays, Phillies Legend Roy Halladay Dead In Plane Crash
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay starts in the season opener April 4, 2005 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Blue Jays won 6 to 2. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The sports world lost a superstar on Tuesday as former MLB All-Star Roy Halladay tragically passed away in a plane crash.

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award recipient, died in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico. He was just 40 years-old.

The former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies legend threw two no-hitters over his memorable 16-year MLB career.

Halladay was a first-round selection in the 1995 MLB draft and made his first appearance in the big leagues three years later. The eight-time All-Star won his first Cy Young Award with Toronto in 2003, and his second with the Phillies in 2010.

Injuries forced him to retire after the 2013 season at the age of 36. One of the last workhorses in baseball, Halladay’s stellar 203-105 record and 3.38 career ERA are certainly Hall of Fame worthy. He was among the best pitchers of his generation.

For as great as he was on the field, Halladay’s charitable work off the field was perhaps even more impressive.

After recently acquiring his license to fly, Halladay tweeted pictures and videos of him flying his new ICON A5 light-sport plane.

Halladay, who had been inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year, won’t be able to see his name etched into Cooperstown when he’s eligible for induction in 2019.

Everyone at ESNY sends our condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Roy.