Less than 24 hours after his tragic death, TMZ released obtained footage of former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay’s plane prior to the crash that claimed his life on Tuesday and reported the pitcher was “showboating” through the air, according to multiple witnesses.
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The footage was shot by onlooking boaters who told the website that Halladay’s plane went from 100 feet in the air down to five at shocking patterns, which caused them to pull out their cell phones and record videos of the dips and rises.
Shortly after, the pitcher’s plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, where a nearby boat full of witnesses rushed over in an attempt to help him. However, it was apparent that Halladay had already passed prior to their arrival, according to TMZ.
Several nearby boaters confirmed TMZ’s report that the pitcher’s plane was “dramatically increasing and decreasing in elevation.” An additional witness added, “He was flying like that all week. Aggressively.”
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the plane crash.
Halladay, 40, was a two-time Cy Young Award winner (2003, 2010) as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He was also an eight-time all-star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008-11) and led the league in wins twice (2003, 2010).
Halladay’s most memorable performance came in Game 1 of the 2010 ALDS against the Cincinnati Reds in which he pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history, several months after pitching a perfect game in May.