Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died tragically in a boating accident. He was only 24 years old.
Fernandez and two other men were discovered around 3am last night after their boat crashed near Miami Beach.
The Marlins promptly released a statement following Fernandez’s untimely death. “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement saying, “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.”
The Cuban-born baseball star came to the United States at the age of 15. He was drafted by the Marlins in 2011 and became the team’s star pitcher. Fernandez quickly grew to become one of the league’s most promising players after receiving the National League Rookie of the Year 2013 and becoming a two-time All-Star.
Sadly, Fernandez passed just as he was about to start a family of his own. His girlfriend is currently pregnant with his first child.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fernandez and his family during this difficult time.
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Remembering Greatness: The Celebrity Deaths Of 2016
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1. Rapper Shawty Lo died in a fiery Atlanta car crash on the morning of Sept. 21.
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2. Sportscaster John Saunders passed away suddenly at the age of 61 on Aug. 10. The details surrounding his passing are still unclear.
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3. Actor Gene Wilder, best known for his role in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' died on Aug. 29 from Alzheimer's disease.
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4. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's.
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5. Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role as Chekov in 'Star Wars,' passed away minutes after a June 19 car accident.
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6. Actor Ron Lester died on Aug. 4 of kidney failure. He was best known for his role in 'Not Another Teen Movie.'
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7. 'The Voice' star Christina Grimmie was shot dead at 22 years old by a man who opened fire on her while she signed autographs.
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8. Legendary singer Prince tragically died from an accidental prescription drug overdose on April 21. He was 57-years-old.
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9. WWF wrestler and actress Chyna died from an accidental overdose of Valium and Ambien on April 20. She was 45 years old.
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10. 'Blood, Sweat, & Heels' reality star Daisy Lewellyn died from a rare form of liver cancer on April 8.
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11. Singer Denise Matthews, aka Vanity, died from kidney failure at the age of 57 on Feb. 15. She was Prince's protegée and ex-girlfriend.
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12. Singer Maurice White passed away on Feb. 3 after battling Parkinson's disease. He was the founder of R&B group Earth, Wind, & Fire.
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13. Rock star David Bowie died on Jan. 10 after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.
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14. A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg passed away on March 22 due to complications from diabetes. He was 45 years old.
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