Early Sunday morning, news broke that Miami Marlins right-hander José Fernández had died. Fernández just turned 24-years-old on July 31.
With reports still coming in FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal reported first that Fernández was killed in a boating accident. He was one of three people who died in the accident.
Sickening news: Source confirms that #Marlins' Jose Fernandez was killed in boating accident. Statement coming from club shortly.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 25, 2016
Following the devastating news, the Marlins and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statements.
Statement from the Miami Marlins organization: pic.twitter.com/6A4Rv6m2g9
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 25, 2016
Commissioner Rob Manfred on the heartbreaking loss of José Fernández. pic.twitter.com/mYv6aCWhRc
— MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016
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Fernández was a player that truly had fun playing the game and laughed after being fooled by a pitch by Kenta Maeda. He also had his shining moments on the mound.
My personal favorite Jose Fernandez memory ? https://t.co/Hg1kVUOz2K
— Baseball Lifestyle™ (@BsbLifestyle__) September 25, 2016
The Dodgers and its players took to social media to pay their respects to Fernández, who all say was a talent taken way too soon.
The Dodgers share in baseball's devastation over the death of José Fernández and offer his family and friends our sincere condolences. pic.twitter.com/dvSzF80FxM
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2016
Hermano, wherever you are, you know how much I loved you. Sin palabras. My heart is with the families. pic.twitter.com/JGVSRYXlMf
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) September 25, 2016
We were all jealous of his talent but deep down I think we most envied the fun he had while doing something so difficult.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 25, 2016
Thoughts and prayers go out to Jose's family, and the Marlins family. A fierce competitor, and jubilant teammate. Rest in peace brother.
— Chris Hatcher (@handlebars41) September 25, 2016
My prayers go out to the Fernandez family. RIP Jose. You will be dearly missed.
— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) September 25, 2016
Jose Fernandez personified joy and enthusiasm. Such a tragic loss.
— Brett Anderson (@_BAnderson30_) September 25, 2016
Today is a very sad day. Woke up to the news of the passing of Jose Fernandez. Thoughts & prayers go out to his family and those involved.
— Scott Kazmir (@scottkazmir19) September 25, 2016
Deeply saddened by the news of Jose Fernandez and friends. Thoughts and prayers to the families.
— Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) September 25, 2016
In shock waking up to that terrible news so sad..prayers go out to his family,friends and teammates! RIP Jose Fernandez
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) September 25, 2016
Heartbreaking news to wake up to this morning. May god watch over your family and see them through this tragedy! pic.twitter.com/6wkn5hpBw0
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) September 25, 2016
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My friend, my brother. You know how much I loved you. I have no words. My heart is with your family and the other victims' families. My heart is broken. God bless you ?? Hermano te voy a extraño mucho me acuerdo cuando hace solo una semana atrás estamos juntos y ahora te me fuiste está noticia me tiene destrozado todavía no lo puedo creer gracias por tu amistad y todos los consejos dios te guarde en la gloria porque en realidad lo mereces
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 25, 2016
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Members of the media also took to social media to react to the news.
José Fernández was one of the nicest, most respectful, young players I ever had the pleasure of getting to know. My heart is shattered.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 25, 2016
The fact that José, his mom & others, risked their lives to flee Cuba, saved her from drowning, only to die in this way, is incomprehensible
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 25, 2016
— Elisa Hernandez (@EHernandezTV) September 25, 2016
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 25, 2016
In 2016 Fernández had a 2.86 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 253 strikeouts. Fernández had recently announced on his Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant.
Our hearts and prayers are extended to the Marlins organization and his family, R.I.P. Jose.
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