By now, you’ve heard about the tragic death of ex-MLB star Roy Halladay on Tuesday. He perished in a single-passenger plane crash off the coast of Florida, leaving behind his wife, Brandy. Adding to this devastating story is the fact that his wife really fought him over buying that plane.
Just a month ago, the Halladays appeared in a promo video for the ICON A5, the small plane the former athlete was piloting when he died. At one point in the clip, Brandy makes it clear that she was not thrilled when he wanted to make the purchase:
“I didn’t grow up with airplanes,” Brandy Halladay said. “Or a comfort level like he did in small airplanes.”
“She’s fought me the whole way,” Roy said.
“Hard. I fought hard,” Brandy said. “I was very against it.”
Ugh… you know this is replaying in her mind over and over right now because even I’m haunted after watching this.
What changed her mind? In the video she says she took a ride and suddenly said “I get it, I get it. This is amazing … Now that we’re going to have one I’m really excited.” So sad.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong since there wasn’t even a mayday call from 40-year-old Halladay. A full investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is pending.
After retiring from MLB in 2013, he got his pilot’s license and frequented posted about his passion and hobby on Twitter. Just last month, he bought the first of ICON’s A5 series planes.
Some enthusiasts are saying that you should never buy the first of anything but there’s no point in saying that now. His life is over and Brandy will probably always have questions and regrets.
RIP Roy Halladay.