Former star pitcher Halladay killed in Florida plane crash

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, confirms the death of former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay in a plane crash in Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.


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HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) — Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down around noon off the coast of Florida. The sheriff’s office marine unit responded and discovered Halladay’s body in shallow water near some mangroves. No survivors were found.

Police said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Halladay, who retired after the 2013 season, was an amateur pilot who often posted on social media about small planes . His father was a corporate pilot.

“I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired! Real life is better then my dreams!!” Halladay tweeted on Oct. 13.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Philadelphia. Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Photo: Matt Slocum, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered

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Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay’s ICON A5 went down about noon Tuesday near Holiday, Florida.

 

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Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news

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ICON A5 aircraft.

ICON A5 aircraft.


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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered to former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.

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The Pasco (Florida) County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Local media reports the tail number on the plane, and Icon A5, is registered

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perfect foil for her son’s urban acerbity.

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Dorothy Mengering, 1921-2017: David Letterman’s mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the

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Photo: Michael Conroy, AP


J. Geils, 1946-2017: Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band,
known for such peppy early ’80s pop hits as “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his Groton, Mass., home. He was 71.

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J. Geils, 1946-2017: Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, known for such peppy early ’80s pop hits as “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his Groton,

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Photo: Faith Ninivaggi, AP


Don Rickles, 1926-2017: Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed comedian whose verbal assaults
endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged
grandmaster of insult comedy, died Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was 90. Despite jokes that from other comics might have inspired boycotts, he
was one of the most beloved people in show business, idolized by
everyone from Joan Rivers and Louis CK to Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman.

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Don Rickles, 1926-2017: Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed comedian whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult

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Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP


Paul O’Neill, 1956-2017: Paul O’Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that
was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics,
lasers and pyrotechnics, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at age 61. O’Neill was found dead in his room by hotel staff
at a Tampa Embassy Suites. The band said in a statement that O’Neill died from a “chronic illness.” O’Neill was a rock producer and manager who began putting together
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996. The band is best known for its hard
rock takes on Christmas staples like “Carol of the Bells.”

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Paul O’Neill, 1956-2017: Paul O’Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra that was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers

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Photo: Jim Cooper, AP


Chuck Barris, 1929-2017: Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The
Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his home in
Palisades, New York. He was 87.

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Chuck Barris, 1929-2017: Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” died Tuesday, March 21, 2017,

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Photo: Bebeto Matthews


Chuck Berry, 1926-2017: Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and
storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics
as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,”
died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home near St. Louis.
He was 90.

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Chuck Berry, 1926-2017: Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little

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Photo: James A. Finley


Jimmy Breslin, 1930-2017: 

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of
wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time,
street smart New Yorker, died Sunday, March 20, 2017, at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

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Jimmy Breslin, 1930-2017: 

Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New

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Photo: Wyatt Counts, STR


Martin McGuinness, 1950-2017: Martin McGuinness, an Irishman whose tactics of armed resistance and
then political conciliation made him a hero to nationalists in Northern
Ireland, where he fought to end British rule, negotiated a sweeping
peace treaty and climbed to the top of the province’s political system,
died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Derry, Northern Ireland. He was 66.

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Martin McGuinness, 1950-2017: Martin McGuinness, an Irishman whose tactics of armed resistance and then political conciliation made him a hero to nationalists in Northern Ireland, where

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Photo: David Thomson, AP


David Rockefeller, 1915-2017: David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who
was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously
philanthropic families, died Monday, March 20, 2017, in his sleep at his home in suburban Pocantico Hills,
New York. He was 101. He was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and
the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.

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David Rockefeller, 1915-2017: David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously philanthropic

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Photo: D. Pickoff, STF


Bill Paxton, 1955-2016: Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in
such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his
work in “One False Move” and other low-budget movies and in the HBO
series “Big Love,” died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

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Bill Paxton, 1955-2016: Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One

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Photo: Richard Shotwell, INVL


Royal Robbins, 1935-2017: 

Famous Yosemite big wall climber Royal Robbins, one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, died March 14, 2017

Royal Robbins, 1935-2017: 

Famous Yosemite big wall climber Royal Robbins, one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, died March 14, 2017


Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle


James Cotton, 1935-2017: 

Legendary blues man James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’ Wolf, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at age 81 of pneumonia at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. 

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James Cotton, 1935-2017: 

Legendary blues man James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’

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Photo: Jeff Christensen, Associated Press


Joseph Wapner, 1919-2017: Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over “The
People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality
courtroom show, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at age 97. “The People’s Court,” on which Wapner decided real small-claims from
1981 to 1993, was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality
shows of today.

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Joseph Wapner, 1919-2017: Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over “The People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died

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Alan Colmes, 1950-2017: 

Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as
the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News
Channel, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A statement from his
family said that he died after “a brief illness.”

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Alan Colmes, 1950-2017: 

Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, died Thursday, Feb.

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Photo: AP


Mike Connors, 1925-2017: 

Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series “Mannix,” has died at 91. The show ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs.

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Mike Connors, 1925-2017: 

Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series “Mannix,” has died at 91. The show ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were

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Photo: CBS Photo Archive/via Getty Images


Norma McCorvey, 1947-2017: 

McCorvey, left, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, died of heart failure at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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Norma McCorvey, 1947-2017: 

McCorvey, left, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, died of heart failure at an assisted

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Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, STF


Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017:

The star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died at the age of 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

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Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017:

The star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died at the age of 80. Moore gained fame in

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Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images


Butch Trucks, 1947-2017: 

One of the founding members of Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers, Trucks died at the age of 69 at his home in Florida. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.

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Butch Trucks, 1947-2017: 

One of the founding members of Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers, Trucks died at the age of 69 at his home in Florida. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai

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Miguel Ferrer: 1955-2017: 

Ferrer, who followed his Academy Award-winning father, Jose, into acting and often portrayed lawmen and tough guys, died Thursday at his home at 61.

Miguel Ferrer: 1955-2017: 

Ferrer, who followed his Academy Award-winning father, Jose, into acting and often portrayed lawmen and tough guys, died Thursday at his home at 61.


Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images


Eugene Cernan, 1934-2017: 

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind,” died at 82. Cernan, commander of NASA’s Apollo 17 mission, set foot on the lunar surface in 1972. He became the last person to walk on the moon on Dec. 14, 1972.

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Eugene Cernan, 1934-2017: 

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind,” died at 82. Cernan, commander

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John Hurt, Jan. 24, 1940 – Jan. 27, 2017: 

Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in ““Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. 

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John Hurt, Jan. 24, 1940 – Jan. 27, 2017: 

Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in ““Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died at age 77.

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Photo: Joel Ryan, STF


Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a
50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after
announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion.

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Al Jarreau, 1940-2017: Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, just days after

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Richard Hatch, 1945-2017:
Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in
the original “Battlestar Galactica” film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los
Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was
71. he also appeared in such series as “The
Streets of San Francisco,” “Dynasty,” “The Love Boat” and “Santa
Barbara.” He also appeared in the rebooted “Battlestar
Galactica” TV series from 2004 to 2009.

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Richard Hatch, 1945-2017: Actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” film and TV series, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles

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William Peter Blatty, 1928-2017: 

William Peter Blatty, the author of “The Exorcist,” ied Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 89. Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian
who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright
of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie.

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William Peter Blatty, 1928-2017: 

William Peter Blatty, the author of “The Exorcist,” ied Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 89. Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian who

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John Wetton, 1949-2017: 

Singer and bassist John Wetton of the rock group Asia died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, of colon cancer. He was 67. Wetton was a founding member of Asia. He rose to fame as part of English rock band King Crimson in the 1970s.

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John Wetton, 1949-2017: 

Singer and bassist John Wetton of the rock group Asia died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, of colon cancer. He was 67. Wetton was a founding member of Asia. He rose to fame as part of English

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Photo: Jason DeCrow, AP


Barbara Hale, 1922-2017: 

Barbara Hale,who played steadfast secretary Della Street on the long-running “Perry Mason” TV series, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. She 94. Hale appeared in “Perry Mason” on CBS from 1957 to 1966 and won an Emmy as best actress in 1959.

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Barbara Hale, 1922-2017: 

Barbara Hale,who played steadfast secretary Della Street on the long-running “Perry Mason” TV series, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. She 94. Hale appeared in “Perry Mason” on CBS from

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Photo: CBS Photo Archive, CBS Via Getty Images


George “The Animal” Steele, 1937-2017: 

WWE Hall of Fame member George “The Animal” Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Thursday, feb, 16, 2017, at age 79. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green tongue, Steele was famous for his signature move of sinking his teeth into the turnbuckle pads around the ring. At a Boston Red Sox game in 2012, he pretended to take a bite from the baseball before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

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George “The Animal” Steele, 1937-2017: 

WWE Hall of Fame member George “The Animal” Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, died Thursday, feb, 16, 2017, at age 79. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green

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Photo: Charles Krupa, Associated Press



Joni Sledge, 1957-2017:
Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We
Are Family,”  died Friday, March 10, 2017. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Ariz. This Aug. 14, 2006 file photo shows Sledge, one of the original members of “Sister Sledge,” second from left, posing with Rodney Jerkins, second from right, her niece Camille Sledge, left, and her cousin Amber Sledge at the “We Are Family 2006 – All-Star Katrina Benefit CD and Documentary DVD Launch” in Century City, Calif.

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Joni Sledge, 1957-2017: Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,”  died Friday, March 10, 2017. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a

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Robert Osborne, 1932-2017: Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking
encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in New York. He was 84.

Robert Osborne, 1932-2017: Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in New York. He was 84.


Photo: DAMON WINTER, NYT



Robert James Waller, 1939-2017:
Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel “The Bridges of Madison County” was turned into a movie starring Meryl
Streep and Clint Eastwood and later into a soaring Broadway musical, died Friday, March 10, 2017, in Texas. He was 77.

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Robert James Waller, 1939-2017: Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel “The Bridges of Madison County” was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint

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Photo: Associated Press






FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, left, celebrates with teammate Jayson Werth after the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0 in a baseball game to clinch the National League East, in Washington. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. less


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FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2010 file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, throws against the Cincinnati Reds during Game 1 of baseball’s National League Division Series, in Philadelphia. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. He was 40. (Jose F. Moreno/Camden Courier-Post via AP, File) less


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ICON aircraft had posted a video with Halladay trying out a new plane. The video showed Halladay taking delivery of a new ICON A5, a two-seat “light-sport aircraft” that can land on water.

In the video, Halladay said the terms of his baseball contract prevented him from having a pilot’s license while playing, and that his wife was originally against the idea of him getting the aircraft.

“She’s fought me the whole way,” Halladay said.

“Hard. I fought hard. I was very against it,” Brandy Halladay said in the same video, before explaining why she eventually understood and approved of her husband’s desire to have the plane. The couple have two sons, Ryan and Braden.

Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays followed by four seasons with the Phillies. He was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and an eight-time All-Star.

“Such a sad day,” former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard tweeted. “We lost a great ball player but an even better human being.”

Other baseball players to die in plane crashes included Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente in a relief mission from Puerto Rico traveling to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve in 1972; New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson piloting his own plane near his home in Canton, Ohio, in 1979; and Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle piloting his own plane in New York City in 2006.


Halladay was nominated several times for the Roberto Clemente Award, given by Major League Baseball to players for sportsmanship and community involvement. The Halladay Family Foundation has aided children’s charities, hunger relief and animal rescue.

A 6-foot-6 right-hander, Halladay was a throwback on the mound. Durable and determined to finish what he started, Halladay won the AL Cy Young in 2003 after going 22-7 and the NL prize in 2010 after going 21-10.

“You know, if my career’s two years, three years shorter than it could have been because I wanted to go out and pitch deep into games, I’m fine with that,” he said in a retirement news conference.

In 2011, Halladay was part of the “Four Aces” rotation in Philadelphia with Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. Halladay and the Phillies lost 1-0 to St. Louis in the deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series.

“To the world, Roy was one of the best pitchers in baseball, but to me, he was an inspiration, a great mentor, teammate, and most important, a friend,” said Hamels, now with the Texas Rangers. “His preparation and work ethic has and will forever be ingrained in me. Roy was a man of few words, but he lit up when his boys were around. His family and this game were everything to him, and there will never be a day in my own life that I won’t miss him.”

Chris Bourjos, the Toronto-area scout who signed Halladay, first saw him pitch in St. Louis in the summer of 1994, before his senior season as a prep star in the Denver area. Halladay’s family had a pitching mound in the basement of its home.

“Perfect pitcher’s body, tall, lean athletic. And the velocity! At that time, 93 miles an hour was pretty special,” Bourjos, the father of Tampa Bay center fielder Peter Bourjos, recalled Tuesday.

Nocco, the sheriff, personally knew Halladay.

“Many of you know Roy as a Cy Young winner, future Hall of Famer, one of the best pitchers ever to pitch the game of baseball,” Nocco said.

“We know Roy as a person, as a caring husband who loved his wife, Brandy. He loved his two boys tremendously … and we are so sad for your loss.”

Nocco said Halladay knew many members in the sheriff’s office, and that Halladay was part of a charity fishing tournament last Friday.

“He was probably one of the most humble human beings you’ll ever meet,” Nocco said. “For somebody who won two Cy Youngs, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball, he would walk in the room as if he was anybody. Didn’t matter who he met, he was kind, generous. His family purchased a dog for us — K-9 Doc. K-9 Doc is out there working, saving lives, making our community safer.”

The dog was named as a nod to Halladay’s nickname — Doc.

“He was one in a million,” Nocco said. “It is a true loss for us.”

The A5 was a newer model from ICON, based in Vacaville, California.

According to the NTSB’s website, two other ICON A5s crashed earlier this year, the only reported U.S. accidents involving the aircraft since it debuted three years ago. Both were attributed to pilot error.

Last May 8, an A5 crashed into the side of a canyon during a flight at Lake Berryessa, California, killing the pilot and his passenger. The NTSB ruled the crash was caused by the pilot flying too low, causing the plane to strike the canyon wall.

A month earlier, another A5 made a hard landing in the water off Key Largo, Florida, injuring the pilot and his passenger. The pilot told investigators the plane descended faster than he expected. He tried to abort the landing but the plane struck the water, causing substantial damage to the aircraft. The NTSB ruled that the pilot had failed to properly maintain his descent rate.

ICON declined to comment after Halladay’s crash.

Halladay was an old-style workhorse who pitched 67 complete games and 20 shutouts. A three-time 20-game winner, he was with Toronto (1998-2009) and Philadelphia (2010-13).

Halladay pitched a perfect game for the Phillies at the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. That Oct. 6, against Cincinnati in the NL Division Series, he became only the second pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, joining Don Larsen, who accomplished the feat for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

In his second big league start, Halladay held Detroit hitless for 8 2/3 innings.

When he retired, Halladay said he wanted to avoid back surgery.

“As a baseball player, you realize that’s something you can’t do the rest of your life,” Halladay said. “I really don’t have any regrets. You realize there’s other things for you to accomplish in life.”

He is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.

“Absolutely I would love to be there,” he said during spring training this year, when he was a guest instructor for the Phillies. “I think every player who ever played the game would love to be there. It would be a tremendous honor.”

In a statement, the Blue Jays said the organization “is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one the franchise’s greatest and most respected players, but even better human being. Impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans.”

“I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc ,” tweeted former pitcher Dan Haren, who posted a photo of a signed Halladay jersey .

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