ICON Aircraft Roy Halladay

Flying was in Roy Halladay's blood. His father was a corporate pilot and Halladay loved the air from a young age.

"I grew up around airplanes and always wanted to get my license, but it didn't happen and I ended up playing baseball, so it wasn't one of the things I was allowed to do," Halladay said less than a month ago via ICON Aircraft.

"When I retired, that was one of the first things I wanted to do."

This quote is especially harrowing after Halladay passed away Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Halladay, who was 40, was in a single-engine ICON A5 that he owned. In fact, Halladay had just starred in a video for ICON Aircraft. His new plane was the first Model Year 2018 (MY18) A5 produced by the company.

This spot was released on Oct. 12 and is now cringeworthy.

It's hard to watch Halladay's wife, Brandy, say of her husband getting a plane, "I was very against it." She does add that after seeing her husband fly, she became very "excited" about the couple owning a plane.

Halladay, who won two Cy Young Awards and made eight All-Star Games as a pitcher for the Blue Jays and Phillies, was the only victim of the flight. He leaves behind Brandy and their two children.

Since the initial ICON Aircraft video came out with Halladay, he made the vehicle his Twitter cover photo. He also posted multiple photos and videos of views of and from the plane.

Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco County gave a heartfelt tribute to Halladay while delivering news of his death:

As of 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday evening, ICON Aircraft was yet to publicly comment on Halladay's accident.

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