April 16, 2020
Roy Halladay lost control of his small plane and took a nosedived into the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 7, 2017.
A National Transportation Safety Board report found Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an antidepressant that can impair judgment as he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns, sometimes within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of the water.
The maneuvers put loads of nearly two times gravity on the plane, an Icon A5 that Halladay had purchased a month earlier. On the last maneuver, Halladay entered a steep climb and his speed fell to about 85 mph (135 kph). The propeller-driven plane went into a nosedive and smashed into the water. The report said Halladay, 40, died of blunt force trauma and drowning.
Halladay’s wife, Brandy, said in a statement Thursday. “It has reinforced what I have previously stated, that no one is perfect. Most families struggle in some capacity and ours was no exception. We respectfully ask that you not make assumptions or pass judgment.”
Halladay, an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner, pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter in 2010. He played for the Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and for the Phillies from 2010-13, going 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously last year.