A former Major League Baseball all-star, Roy Halladay, was confirmed dead in a plane crash Tuesday.
The crash was in waters just off the Pasco County coast.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirmed the fact that officials had recovered a single body from the wreckage, that of Halladay.
For the Sheriff, it was a personal blow, since he and Halladay had been friends.
He described the former all-star as a humble person with a heart of gold, and the sort of person who never let his achievements go to his head.
Halladay won the Cy Young twice and made eight all star games, as well as pitching a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, during a 16-year career in Toronto and Philadelphia.
Nocco said Halladay's plane, an Icon A5, crashed around noon Tuesday.
Halladay had just taken delivery of that plane less than a month ago and was featured in a company video.
He was 40-years-old.