TAMPA, FLORIDA — A Tampa TV station is saying former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash this afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico.

WTSP TV reports the tail number of the plane is registered to the former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher. The Pasco County, Florida Sheriff's Office says the light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg about 1 pm local time.

Sheriff Chris Nocco knew Halladay personally and described him as having a heart of gold and being very humble. He said Halladay's death is a true loss for the community.

Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner over his 16-year career with the Phillies and Blue Jays. The right-hander threw the 20th perfect game in big league history in May of 2010, and became just the second pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter in the postseason later that year. Halladay was 203-and-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career regular-season games and 3-and-2 in the playoffs.