Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, a Cuban defector who swiftly became one of the brightest young stars in baseball, died early Sunday following a boating accident according to several reports. He was 24.
The Marlins canceled Sunday’s scheduled game against the Atlanta Braves.
“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” the club said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Coast guard said Fernandez was one of three people killed in an accident in Miami Beach. Details weren’t immediately available, but the incident is believed to have occurred around 3 a.m. EDT, involving a 30-foot boat.According to the Miami Herald, emergency workers continued to search for more victims near Government Cut and South Pointe Park.