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Former MLB Pitcher & Tampa Bay's Own Roy Halladay Killed In Gulf Plane Crash

This is heartbreaking news we have to share with you this morning, as we're getting word that Tampa Bay's own Roy Halladay has passed away. The 40-year old former major league baseball pitcher & two-time Cy Young Award winner died yesterday when his small airplane crashed into the Gulf.  

In addition to his contributions on the major league diamond with the Toronoto Blue Jays & Philadelphia Phillies, he made an even bigger impact in our Tampa Bay community for what he did after he retired & settled here. According to the TBT*, he coached little league teams here in the Tampa Bay area, was a volunteer assistant at Calvary Christian High and ABC Action News adds that he regularly fostered dogs with Suncoast Animal League and even flew his plane to pick up rescue dogs in other states.

Our hearts & prayers go out to Roy's wife Brandy & 2 sons, Braden & Ryan.