Jose Fernandez, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins baseball team, died in a boat crash at the age of 24 on Sunday.
But days before his tragic death, Fernandez revealed he and his girlfriend Carla Mendoza were expecting their first child together.
Posting a photo of his pregnant girlfriend to Instagram, he shared his excitement at the prospect of becoming a father, saying: “I’m ready for where this journey is going to take us together.”
But yesterday, the 24-year-old’s life was cut tragically short, along with two others, after a boat he was on crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach.
The capsized boat was found shortly after 3am, but authorities could not confirm the time of the crash.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 32-foot vessel had a ‘severe impact’ with large rocks that form part of the jetty, the BBC reports.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo told local news station WSVN: “They found a boat that was up against the jetties. They did do an initial search and they found three victims – two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away.”
Officials said Fernandez, who escaped from Cuba by boat with his mother as a teenager, was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the crash.
On Sunday, America’s athletes came together to pay tribute to Fernandez.
The Major League Baseball organisation released a statement saying it was ‘stunned and devastated’ by the news.