Baseball great dies in crash of his brand-new plane

Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay shows off his Icon A5 airplane in an October promotional photo. (Icon Aircraft Photo)

Retired All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay died today when his plane, an amphibious light-sport aircraft known as the Icon A5, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

Halladay’s death at the age of 40 was particularly poignant, and not only because of his stellar career as one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young Award in the American League (with the Toronto Blue Jays, 2003) as well as the National League (with the Philadelphia Phillies, 2010).

He received the plane a month ago from Icon Aircraft, and became one of its biggest boosters on Twitter.

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By Alan Boyle

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