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, <b>the Miami Herald reports</b>.
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.
Jose Fernandez's pregnant girlfriend was NOT on boat. The other two killed were male friends of Fernandez— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 25, 2016
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, <b>The Palm Beach Post reports</b>.
Jose Fernandez once saved his own mother from drowning as he escaped to this country. This poor woman must be heartbroken & devastated— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) September 25, 2016
Fernández tried to defect from Cuba three times before succeeding on the fourth try.
God bless Jose Fernandez. You never know when your time is up. Rest in paradise— Anto Garabet (@AntoDaBoss) September 25, 2016
Baseball fans, players and commentators were shocked by the news.
Jose Fernandez is one of the most genuine guys I've ever played with. He loved life, he loved baseball.....he will be missed dearly.— dan haren (@ithrow88) September 25, 2016
In shock! Marlins Jose Fernandez killed in a boating accident. A great American story..fighting for opportunity ..becoming great..now gone.— Joe Angel (@WaveItByeBye) September 25, 2016