One of baseball’s finest young talents, Jose Fernandez, has tragically died at the age of 24.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, local media had reported that a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach had sadly killed three people.
The authorities found the boat upside down after it reportedly crashed into rocks, and the Miami Marlins starting pitcher was one of the three involved.
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The Marlins were due to host the Atlanta Braves later today. However, the organisation have confirmed the news of his untimely death as well as confirming today’s game at Marlins Park has been cancelled.
The statement read: “The Miami Marlins organisation is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.
“Today’s game at the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.”
Multiple sources had reported on the news earlier in the morning, but the confirmation by the Marlins organisation confirmed the upsetting news.
THREE CONFIRMED DEAD
Emergency workers are said to be searching for more victims near Government Cut and South Pointe Park, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief, Todd Garolfo, spoke to WSVN about where they found the bodies.
He said: “They found a boat that was up against the jetties.
“They did do an initial search, and they found three victims, two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had, unfortunately, passed away.”
The two-time All-Star won the National League rookie of the year back in 2013, rounding off an incredible season which saw him sit among the top 10 pitchers in Major League Baseball.
Fernandez was originally scheduled to pitch in the game against the Braves on Sunday, but had his start pushed back to Monday instead.
He was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2011, and his death leaves not only the Miami organisation in shock, but the entire league itself.