Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have announced the death of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez.

He was 24.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday.

The Marlins did not immediately release details, other than releasing a statement confirming the death of one of the top pitchers in baseball.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are “devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

The Marlins’ game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

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