MLB All-Star Jose Fernandez Killed in Boating Accident
Major League Baseball player Jose Fernandez has died at the age of 24.
The Miami Marlins star was killed in a boating accident in Florida on Sunday.
According to reports, Fernandez was found with two other friends in an overturned boat in Miami Beach. Officials at Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission have suggested the vessel had a “severe impact” with a jetty and flipped over.
The team’s game on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves was canceled, but their scheduled tilt with the New York Mets on Monday will proceed as scheduled.
“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” a statement from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reads. “Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”
Fernandez began playing baseball when he was a child in Cuba. In 2011, he was drafted to play with the Miami Marlins and in 2013 he made his Major League Baseball debut.
Earlier this month, Fernandez announced he was expecting a baby girl with his girlfriend.
“All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez,” a statement from Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred reads. “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.”