(FOX NEWS) — Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed Tuesday when his personal aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida. He was 40 years old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Halladay was the only person on board the ICON A5 when it crashed into shallow water at around noon near Holiday, Fla.

“He loved to fly,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said of Halladay, an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner. “He talked about his family, baseball and flying.”

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