The sports world is in shock today after the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins. The Cuban pelotero and two of his friends were killed in a boating accident in Miami. He was 24.
Fernandez and two other men were found dead early Sunday morning after their boat was found crashed near Miami Beach. No evidence of alcohol or drug use was present.
Lorenzo Veloz, a spokesperson with the Florida Wildlife Commission, described Fernandez’s death as a “tragic loss”:
Florida Wildlife Commission spokesperson: José Fernández's death a "tragic loss": "He was pillar to our community." https://t.co/MIdK7M9TVx
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2016
The news is even more tragic when you consider that just five days ago, Fernandez shared a picture of his pregnant girlfriend:
A photo posted by Jose Fernandez (@jofez16) on
“I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst,” wrote Fernandez on Instagram.
Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, tried to defect to the U.S. three times before making it on his fourth try — at age 15.
He became a U.S. citizen in 2015. “A lot of people have died to defend this country to have it the way it is. It’s an honor that I can be a citizen,” said Fernandez to Fox Sports.
The Marlins, who canceled their scheduled game versus the Atlanta Braves, released this statement:
A photo posted by Miami Marlins (@marlins) on
Several MLB players took to Twitter to share their condolences, including David “Big Papi” Ortiz:
No tengo palabras para describir el dolor que siento por la perdida de jose….adios amigo pic.twitter.com/f1HQmZd6Jo
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) September 25, 2016
“I don’t have words to describe the pain that I feel from the loss of Jose. Goodbye friend,” wrote Ortiz.
And many fans, recalling Fernandez’s youthful enthusiasm on the field, chose to share some of his signature moments on social media:
One of the best Jose Fernandez moments. Rest in Power. You'll never be forgotten. ??
— E (@esheikh_) September 25, 2016