MIAMI, Florida-  24 year old, Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernandez, who eight years ago fled Cuba on a speedboat, was killed early Sunday along with two friends in a violent boat crash off South Beach.

Fernandez’s shocking death, the details of which were still being sorted out late Sunday morning, rocked Miami and Major League Baseball and caused the team’s game in Miami against the Atlanta Braves to be canceled.


“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time,” the franchise said in a statement Sunday.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 32′ SeaVee in which Fernandez and two friends were traveling Sunday morning was seen around 3:15 a.m. Sunday overturned on the jetty that juts into Government Cut from South Pointe Park. Investigators said the boat, which belongs to a close friend of several Miami Marlins, was heading south at full speed and flipped when it hit the north end of the dark jetty.

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