Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Florida early Sunday morning (Sept. 25). He was just 24 years old.
Details are unclear, but the 32-foot boat Fernandez was aboard was found upside down on a jetty off Miami Beach. It’s believed he and two friends struck the jetty at full speed.
Two of the victims were found dead under the vessel. One was found dead in the water.
Spokesman Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news conference Sunday that there was no evidence of alcohol or illegal drug use.
The Marlins announced that Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled. Major League Baseball announced that there would be a leaguewide moment of silence before each of Sunday’s games.
“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. “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 had just announced last week, on Instagram, that his girlfriend is pregnant. The couple were expecting a baby girl.