Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirms Halladay is dead

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Legendary MLB pitcher Roy Halladay, who won two Cy Young Awards during a long and dominant career in the big leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia, died on Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a small single-engine aircraft was reported down in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon.

Last month, Halladay became the owner of the first model year 2018 ICON A5 aircraft.

Roy was an 8-time All-Star pitcher for the Phillies and the Blue Jays, and a two-time Cy Young Award victor.

"I do have plans to get back into baseball", Halladay told reporters on a conference call. Halladay was also the pitching coach for Braden's high-school team at Calvary Christian in Florida. In one, he said flying the plane "low over the water is like flying a fighter jet!"

Halladay is one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young in the American and National leagues.

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On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th flawless game in baseball history, beating the then-Florida Marlins 1-0.

Halladay is survived by his wife and two children.

"She's fought me the whole way", Roy Halladay said.

Halladay, a star with the Phillies from 2010-2013, recently tweeted photos of himself flying. The Pirates Roberto Clemente also died in a plane crash, as a passenger on a mission to deliver aid to Nicaraguan quake victims in 1972.

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