Toronto Blue Jays: Reactions from the sports world to Roy Halladay’s death

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 14: Former player Roy Halladay
TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 14: Former player Roy Halladay /

It was announced Tuesday afternoon that former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Roy Halladay died in a plane crash bringing on reaction from the sports world.

The sports world is in a state of mourning following the shocking death of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay.

The former two-time Cy Young Award winner was flying his ICON A5 aircraft and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon. He was 40-years-old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Halladay’s death and paid tribute to him on their Twitter account.

Halladay, affectionately known as Doc, or The Doctor by Jays fans was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 1995 MLB Draft and made his major league debut in 1998. After 12 seasons with the Blue Jays and 4 seasons with the Phillies Halladay signed a one day contract to retire as a Blue Jay.

He is one of six pitchers to win the Cy Young Award in both the AL and NL and is the second pitcher to ever throw a no hitter in the playoffs.

Both the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies released statements offering condolences to Halladay’s family.

Current and former members of the Blue Jays shared their condolences for one of the best pitchers in team history.

Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and their two children.

Once word of Halladay’s death was announced the outpouring of condolences and tributes came on social media.

The rest of the sports community shared their own thoughts on Halladay both as an athlete and as a man off the field.

The Toronto Raptors also held a moment of silence for Halladay before their game against the Chicago Bulls.

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