It’s been almost three years since the tragic death of Roy Halladay who perished during a plane crash in 2017.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Baseball Hall of Famer was doing extreme acrobatics and had high levels of amphetamines in his system when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay, a National Transportation Safety Board report issued Wednesday said.
“Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment as he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns, sometimes within 5 feet of the water, the report says about the Nov. 7, 2017, crash.
The maneuvers put loads of nearly two-times gravity on the plane, an Icon A5 — a light sport two-seat amphibious aircraft that Halladay had purchased a month earlier. On the last maneuver, Halladay entered a steep climb and his speed fell to about 85 miles per hour. The propeller-driven plane went into a nosedive and smashed into the water.”
Roy Halladay’s dad told investigators that he was actually worried the abuse of prescription meds played a role in his son’s fatal plane crash. Halladay’s father told them Roy had “enrolled in an in-house detox program for an addiction to Lorazepam” a couple years prior to the accident.
The tests also came back positive for amphetamines.
Halladay’s dad further added Roy was suffering from anxiety and depression around the time of the accident.
“Flying the Icon A5 over the water is like flying a fighter jet!” Hallaway posted on social media on Oct. 31, 2017.
The report says the 40-year-old died of blunt force trauma and drowning.