By Lena Sullivan Published 09/25/2016 12:57:00 | Views: 1417
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins walks of the field during the third inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Marlins Park on August 24, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)


Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ standout young pitcher, died in a boating wreck early Sunday, the Miami Herald reported.

Around 3 a.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue got a call about a possible boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach. CBS Miami reported that officials found the boat crashed into rocks and upside down.

Lorenzo Veloz, a spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said Fernandez was one of three men who died in the boating accident.

Fernandez, 24, was finishing his best major league season, going 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA. He was an all-star for the second time.

He was set to start at Monday's Marlins game against the Atlanta Braves.

The Marlins released the following statement Sunday:

The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.

Today’s game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

Numerous photos on Fernandez's Instagram page show a love for boating and fishing. According to one of the last photos he posted, on  Sept. 19, he was expecting a child with his partner.

By Lena Sullivan 09/25/2016 12:57:00

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