Roy Halladay and his wife discussed their purchase of plane and her initial objections, just weeks before deadly crash

Roy Halladay and wife Brandy
  • Roy Halladay died in a plane crash on Tuesday, causing grief throughout the game of baseball.
  • His wife, Brandy Halladay, talked about her initial objections to her husband getting his pilot’s licence in a video posted just weeks before his death.
  • Despite her fears, Brandy came to love being in the air.


The former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died on Tuesday when a small plane he was piloting went down in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Now, a retrospectively poignant video of Halladay and his wife Brandy flying in the plane has resurfaced. In the video, first posted in October, Brandy Halladay talks about her reluctance to allow her husband to fly, citing her initial lack of comfort in the air.

“I didn’t grow up the way Roy did,” she said. “I didn’t grow up with aeroplanes or a comfort level like he did in small aeroplanes.”

“She’s fought me the whole way,” Roy said.

“Hard. I fought hard,” Brandy added. “I was very against it.”

Despite Brandy’s reservations, she soon developed a love of flying, going up with her husband on a number of occasions.

“I went down with him one day to the training center in [St. Petersburg], and they said, ‘Oh, you want to go up for a ride?'” she said. “I got up in that plane, I looked over, and I said, ‘OK, I get it. I get it. This is amazing.’ You forget that you’re in a plane. You’re just there and you’re experiencing the beauty of Florida or the water or the lake or wherever you are.”

Halladay’s single-engine plane, an ICON A5, went down at around noon on Tuesday off Florida’s Gulf Coast. According to TMZ, the two-time Cy Young Award winner made several dramatic altitude changes before crashing. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

As the son of a commercial pilot, Halladay spent much of his life around aeroplanes, but he didn’t get his pilot’s licence until April, 2014. He was active in tweeting about his flights, including a dog-rescue trip from 2016.

His death sent shockwaves through MLB. Baseball luminaries of all ages and titles expressed their sorrow and condolences, from commissioner Rob Manfred to former Phillies teammate Roy Oswalt to reigning National League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

You can watch the full video of Roy and Brandy below.