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Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Star MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating crash


José Fernández, ace pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was killed in a boating crash early Sunday morning near Miami Beach, the team announced Sunday.

Fernández, 24, played for the Marlins since 2013. He won the National League Rookie of the Year award that year and made the NL All-Star team twice. He was in the midst of his best season so far with 16 wins.

The Marlins game scheduled for Sunday afternoon was cancelled. Fernández was scheduled to pitch in what was likely his last game of the season, the Miami Herald reports.

The Marlins released a short statement following Fernández's death.

Fernández's teammate Dee Gordon created a stirring tribute.

Major League Baseball announced a league-wide moment of silence.

Here's the scene of the deadly crash. At least two others were killed, the Herald reports.

The other victims reportedly were friends of Fernández.

Authorities said the boat Fernández was in was at its maximum speed when it crashed. He was not wearing a life vest at the time. 

There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said. 

Fernández posted this photo on Instagram on Tuesday.

This was his account's last photo, posted on Saturday.

The Miami Dolphins will honor Fernández before their game, The Palm Beach Post reports.

Fernández tried to defect from Cuba three times before succeeding on the fourth try.

Baseball fans, players and commentators were shocked by the news. 

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