After the tragic news was confirmed, friends, admirers, and players around the league stopped to mourn Halladay.
The Phillies released a statement on his passing, saying they are “numb” from the news and “there are no words” to describe what the Phillies family is feeling right now.
Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0— Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017
The Blue Jays, where he spent most of his career, said that the organization is “overcome by grief” at the loss of Halladay.
Statement from the Blue Jays organization on the tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/Ih8D0RQE9p— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 7, 2017
Other clubs joined in, wishing condolences and remembering Halladay’s greatness.
It was our honor to share a field with the incredible Roy Halladay. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/rwtSYsgpgm— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 7, 2017
We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40. pic.twitter.com/SOFv3bOLyt— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017
We're saddened by the tragic loss of Colorado native & former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay. We send our deepest condolences to Roy's loved ones. pic.twitter.com/GQg1V07ORj— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 7, 2017
Rest in peace, Doc. Our thoughts are with Roy’s family. https://t.co/F3w1143TQS— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) November 7, 2017
Rest In Peace, Roy Halladay. https://t.co/R2dwiwX8AK— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) November 7, 2017
Rest in Peace, Doc.— Mariners (@Mariners) November 7, 2017
The baseball world lost a legend far too soon. https://t.co/KFhvL3hQyF
A tragic loss to the baseball family. Rest in peace, Roy. https://t.co/q4ohBJOsmt— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) November 7, 2017
We're sending our thoughts and prayers to Roy's family, friends, and the baseball community. RIP. https://t.co/FYUqKFCRYv— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 7, 2017
Rest in Peace, Roy. Our thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/m7y05d957h— Oakland A’s ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 7, 2017
We send our condolences to Roy Halladay’s family and friends. May he Rest in Peace. https://t.co/mDgIIV6H7o— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) November 7, 2017
We join the rest of the baseball world in mourning today’s tragic passing of Roy Halladay. We send our heartfelt condolences to Roy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.— Houston Astros (@astros) November 7, 2017
We join the rest of the baseball family in mourning the loss of Roy Halladay.— Pirates (@Pirates) November 7, 2017
Our thought and prayers are with the Halladay family.
Rest in Peace, Roy. https://t.co/aoE2Cyy2Rh
Gone far too soon. Rest In Peace, Roy Halladay. https://t.co/hRTkjZoz9q— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 7, 2017
We are saddened to learn of the passing of MLB great Roy Halladay. We send our sincerest condolences to his friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/hs84dGoGl0— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 7, 2017
Our hearts and prayers go out to Roy Halladay’s family and friends. https://t.co/9vEXg9WHUX— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 7, 2017
Shane Victorino, who was teammates with Halladay from 2010 to 2012, at first wished that the news was not true on Twitter before saying goodbye to Halladay once the news was confirmed. He said he was “blessed to have shared the field” with Halladay and is praying for the family.
Praying the news I am receiving isn’t true about my former teammates plane!!! Please say no— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother. Praying for Brandy, Ryan and Brayden— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
Gone too soon my friend!!! https://t.co/rhD8xl30xj— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
Other players from around the league shared similar sentiments about the loss.
Praying for the Halladay family right now. So blessed to have met and learned from one of the best ever. RIP Doc you will be forever missed— Andrew Knapp (@theknappyboy5) November 7, 2017
Devastating news about Roy Halladay...an unparalleled artist on the mound. I dropped everything to watch him work...Baseball’s heart hurts... My deepest condolences to the Halladay family. #RIPDoc— Jason Hammel (@HammelTime39) November 7, 2017
RIP Roy Halladay, the greatest example of a true competitor and a true gentleman. May God Bless him and his family— Huston Street (@HustonStreet) November 7, 2017
One of the best of my era, on and off the field. My prayers to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/HPSjK4ySUE— David Ross (@D_Ross3) November 7, 2017
My heart hurts writing this. I can still remember the first day we met. It was 5:45am on the first day of spring training when I arrived. He was finishing his breakfast but his clothes were soaking wet. I asked if it was raining when he got in. He laughed and said “No I just finished my workout” I knew right then- he was the real deal. Thank you Roy for allowing us to witness what it takes to be the best. We will all miss you.
RIP. Thoughts and prayers with his family. https://t.co/gcHrmWgiN9— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) November 7, 2017
Heartbroken over Roy H. He was the not only the standard of excellence in the game of baseball but in life! Will miss u my friend..— Jake Peavy (@JakePeavy_22) November 7, 2017
Heart is broken to hear about Roy Halladay .great friend, teammate, father and husband. One of the best teammates ever! You will be missed !— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) November 7, 2017
Honored to have had the opportunity to step in the box against the Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. Sick to my stomach to hear the news #RIP34— Justin Turner (@redturn2) November 7, 2017
We lost an MLB legend today in Roy Halladay! My heart breaks for him and his family. #RIPDoc— Steven Souza Jr. (@SouzaJr) November 7, 2017
Absolutely devastated to hear of the death of Roy Halladay. Just sick. One of my favorite pitchers to ever watch. Prayers for his family...— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) November 7, 2017
In complete shock right now. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Halladay. My heart goes out to you. A great competitor, even better person.— RyanDempster (@Dempster46) November 7, 2017
Oh my god man. Day ruined. Wow. Prayers with the entire Halladay family. This is awful! https://t.co/nrS2INJ231— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) November 7, 2017
Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) November 7, 2017
Devastating. One of my favorite teammates ever. The blueprint for what a competitor looks like.— Michael Young (@MikeyY626) November 7, 2017
RIP Roy Halladay. Heartbroken for his family
Roy Halladay man grew up watching him shove ... RIP— Ryan January (@rj_baseball) November 7, 2017
We were together in this journey as Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers, now you are gone. RIP Roy Halladay pic.twitter.com/x5Vv0r8djx— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) November 7, 2017
Very saddened by the news of Roy Halladay.— Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) November 7, 2017
An overarching message from those remembering Halladay was how many remembered him inspiring them as they grew up, how amazing he was to watch, and how many of them wanted to be like him on the mound.
RIP Doc. I remember watching you in awe as a kid, your legacy will forever live on. Love those close to you. https://t.co/cMeiEXuCoV— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) November 7, 2017
Wow! Can't believe the news on Roy Halladay. One of my favorite guys to watch pitch! The baseball Gods got a good one! RIP Doc— Brady Rodgers (@Rodg_20) November 7, 2017
So sad to hear about the tragic news about Roy Holladay. He was a pitcher I wanted to be just like early on in my career. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Gone too soon.— Josh Smoker (@Josh_Smoker) November 7, 2017
I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc.— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
I only own like 5 signed jerseys, and I was so scared to ask him. He wrote that he liked watching ME pitch. What an honor pic.twitter.com/ufj4G8u5DD— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
Stunned.. Roy Halladay was someone I used to always try and emulate on the mound. #RIPDoc— Rob Whalen (@RobWhalen38) November 7, 2017
Baseball reporters and journalists also offered their condolences and remembered Roy.
Awful feeling just now hearing about Roy Halladay. A class act, one of my favorites to watch on the diamond and a mentor for many. RIP Doc— Scott Braun (@scottbraun) November 7, 2017
I'll never forget the `11 playoffs presser in which Roy Halladay paraphrased Shakespeare: "I came here to bury Caesar, not praise him." RIP.— Ben Reiter (@BenReiter) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay was one of the special people in this world. A beautiful man, driven by the pursuit of excellence. A HOF player & human being— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 7, 2017
Every pitcher tried to imitate him, no hitter wanted to face him, and everybody liked him. RIP Roy Halladay— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) November 7, 2017
At a loss for words. All I can think about right now is Roy Halladay's family. He was a joy to cover. Leader on field. Charitable off it.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) November 7, 2017
We lost another member of the Phillies family way to soon! My prayers go out to Doc’s wife and kids and his entire family! RIP Doc!— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) November 7, 2017
Other Philadelphia teams and players offered their condolences as well.
We're saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Phillies legend Roy Halladay. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/LMlxmoZw2u— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 7, 2017
The 76ers organization is saddened to learn of the passing of Philadelphia Phillies great Roy Halladay. We extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones and our friends within the Phillies organization during this difficult time.— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 7, 2017
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of Roy Halladay. We extend our thoughts and condolences to his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/IH76mnQ1S5— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 7, 2017
So incredibly saddened to hear about @RoyHalladay. Rest in peace brother. Gone way too soon.— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) November 7, 2017
The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of Phillies icon Roy Halladay. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/hyonhmVntj— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 7, 2017
Suffice to say this is a tragic and awful day for all of baseball. RIP Roy.