roy halladay-death TORONTO – MAY 16: Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Boston Red Sox on May 16, 2004 at Skydome in Toronto, Canada. The Blue Jays won 3-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Roy Halladay, the former pitcher who won Cy Young awards with both the Blue Jays and Phillies, died Tuesday in a plane accident off the coast of Florida, the Pasco County Sheriff Dept. announced. He was 40 years old.

Halladay’s death is obviously devastating for his family and friends, but it also hurts for the millions of baseball fans who watched Halladay pitch over his brilliant 16-year career. The righty never threw the hardest and never seemed to have the nastiest stuff, but he used pinpoint control and a sharp mind to post a 3.38 ERA in 2,749 1/3 career innings between 1998 and 2013. He was named to eight All-Star Games, finished top-five in Cy Young voting seven times, threw the 18th perfect game in the MLB modern era in 2010, and later that year, hurled only the second no-hitter in postseason history. He will surely make a strong Hall of Fame candidate when he becomes eligible next winter.

As the remembrances have poured in for Halladay, it has become clear the pitcher was every bit the kind and likable person he seemed like from afar.

Halladay retired after the 2013 season and has since worked as a special instructor for the Blue Jays and Phillies. He had recently been tweeting his excitement about his new ICON Aircraft plane.

Halladay’s death is just a massive tragedy for the entire baseball world. From the bottom of our hearts, RIP Roy Halladay.

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