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MLB Pitcher José Fernández Dead in Boating Accident

MLB Pitcher José Fernández Dead in Boating Accident
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Top Major League Baseball pitcher José Fernández, 24, of the Miami Marlins, has died in a boating accident.

The athlete and two others were killed when their 32-foot boat sank after hitting some rocks off Miami Beach Saturday night.

In a statement, the Marlins said: "The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

A scheduled game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves was canceled Sunday, and members of the Marlins broke down in tears at a press conference to address their fallen friend.

Fernández was the youngest Cuban-born player to debut as an All-Star, and received many athletic honors in his short life. He had defected from Cuba to the U.S. at 15, and saved his mother from drowning when she fell overboard during that crossing.

I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst

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He was expecting his first child at the time of his death; a post on the pitcher's Instagram showed his pregnant girlfriend cupping her baby bump and was captioned, "I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst".

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