Miami Marlins Star Pitcher José Fernández Killed In Boating Accident

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This is unimaginably tragic.

Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernández was killed in a boating accident in Miami early Sunday morning, the MLB team has confirmed. He was just 24 years old.

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The pitcher and two other unidentified people were pronounced dead early Sunday after a Coast Guard patrol found a 33-foot boat overturned on a jetty about 3:30 a.m. local Miami time, according to Coast Guard Chief Nyxolyno Cangemi.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Marlins, who were set to play the Atlanta Braves today, have canceled their game in light of the tragedy surrounding Fernández (pictured above, left, laughing with an umpire during a game last week).

The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jos├â┬⌐ Fern├â┬índez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

The Coast Guard did share a picture of the scene, too (below):

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So sad.

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Fern├â┬índez was among the most exciting, talented young pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. A Cuban-born athlete, he was wildly popular in Miami and dazzled the league with his strikeout stuff, even overcoming major elbow surgery in 2014 to be the Marlins’ ace starting pitcher.

This season, Fernández had struck out at least 11 batters in nine of his 29 starts, and had pitched to a phenomenal 2.86 earned run average with 253 total strikeouts up through his final start.

On Wednesday night, he made what turned out to be the last start of his career, and it was brilliant: in eight innings of work, he struck out 12 Washington Nationals batters in a 1-0 shutout victory.

Even more tragic, just five days ago, Fernández hinted that his girlfriend was pregnant (below):

I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirstA photo posted by Jose Fernandez (@jofez16) on Sep 19, 2016 at 8:23pm PDT

So, so sad.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, teammates, and loved ones.

R.I.P., José Fernández.

[Image via AP Images/Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.]

Sep 25, 2016 10:23am PDT

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