Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay died when his private plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the Pasco County, Florida sheriff confirmed.
Halladay was 40 years old. He was an avid pilot who retired from baseball after the 2013 season.
"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Philadelphia 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."
The Blue Jays also released a statement:
"The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise's greatest and most respected players, but even better human being. It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
Halladay spent the first 12 years of his career -- 1998 to 2009 -- with the Blue Jays. He was traded to the Phillies in December of 2009, and spent the final four years of his career there.
Among Halladay's achievements were a perfect game on May 29, 2010, and a no hitter on Oct. 6, 2010 in his first postseason start.
Halladay finished his career with a 203-105 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 2,117 strikeouts in 2,749.1 innings.
He is eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2019.
Crazy how you can be here today and gone tomorrow... RIP Roy Halladay, my thoughts and prayers gout out to his family and loved ones.- Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) November 7, 2017
Damn. Even when he dominated my team's lineup, at least I was able to watch a master at his craft. RIP Roy Halladay.- Jerry Blevins (@jerryblevins) November 7, 2017