Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died on Tuesday after a plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40, and left behind his wife Brandy, and his two children, Ryan and Braden.
Halladay was one of the most dominant pitchers of modern baseball. Through 16 seasons in the majors with the Phillies and Blue Jays, “Doc” Halladay made eight All-Star games and took home two Cy Young awards, in 2003 and 2010. He was one of just 23 players in major league history to pitch a perfect game and only the second player to pitch a no-hitter in the postseason.
Halladay retired in 2013 and finished his career with 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.38. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
After news Halladay’s tragic passing began to spread, former teammates, players, and personalities from around the baseball world took to Twitter to share their condolences.
You can check out some of their messages below.
Heart is broken to hear about Roy Halladay .great friend, teammate, father and husband. One of the best teammates ever! You will be missed !
— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) November 7, 2017
Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.
— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) November 7, 2017
Rest In Peace Doc Halladay. One of the best to ever do it. You will be missed.
— Dallas Keuchel (@kidkeuchy) November 7, 2017
We lost another member of the Phillies family way to soon! My prayers go out to Doc’s wife and kids and his entire family! RIP Doc!
— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) November 7, 2017
Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother. Praying for Brandy, Ryan and Brayden????????
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
I’m shocked to hear the news about Roy Halladay. Devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay one of the greatest to put on a baseball uniform! My prayers are with his family so sad to see him go! You’re the man Doc
— Cameron Rupp (@CameronRupp) November 7, 2017
Devastating news about Roy Halladay…an unparalleled artist on the mound. I dropped everything to watch him work…Baseball’s heart hurts…???? My deepest condolences to the Halladay family. #RIPDoc
— Jason Hammel (@HammelTime39) November 7, 2017
RIP Roy Halladay, the greatest example of a true competitor and a true gentleman. May God Bless him and his family
— Huston Street (@HustonStreet) November 7, 2017
So sad to hear about the tragic news about Roy Holladay. He was a pitcher I wanted to be just like early on in my career. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Gone too soon.
— Josh Smoker (@Josh_Smoker) November 7, 2017
I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was one of the special people in this world. A beautiful man, driven by the pursuit of excellence. A HOF player & human being
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was a player respected throughout the league as one of the nicest guys and toughest at-bats in baseball. Teammates loved him, fans adored him, and some of baseball’s current greats grew up hoping to be just like him.
Rest easy, Doc.