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Marlins pitcher Fernandez dies in boating accident

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Sept 25 (Reuters) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boat crash early on Sunday in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old.

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the loss of Jose Fernandez," the Major League Baseball team said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

Fernandez was one of three people killed in the boating incident off Miami Beach, the Coast Guard said. The identities of the two other crash victims were not released.

Emergency crews responded to reports of a 33-foot center console boat overturned on a jetty at about 3:30 a.m. local time (0730 GMT) on Sunday near the Government Cut shipping channel and South Pointe Park, where they found the three deceased passengers, the Coast Guard said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident.

The Marlins canceled its game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday due to the death of Fernandez, who was the National League rookie of the year in 2013.

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Such sad news about Jose Fernandez. His passion and charisma for this game was 1 of a kind. #RIPJoseFernandez. The game will never forget u.
One of the best moments in baseball. #RIPJoseFernandez https://t.co/6Kbj9ILlww
I am heartbroken right now... RIP my man, your kind heart and smile will never be forgotten... #RIPJoseFernandez https://t.co/4pKC9EOeKI
There's a saying about no crying in baseball but I have a feeling that's not applicable for today 😢😢#RIPJoseFernandez
Heroes get remembered but legends never die. #RIPJoseFernandez
Unbelievable... thoughts and prayers go out to Jose Fernandez's friends and family. #RIPJoseFernandez
Prayers for Jose Fernandez & his family. May God comfort his family and give them strength during this time. #RIPJoseFernandez
Sick to my stomach. Can't believe this. #RIPJoseFernandez
Waking up to the news of the best young pitcher in baseball losing his life, is absolutely gut wrenching and very tragic #RIPJoseFernandez
Sending some love to the great city of Miami today, who tragically lost one of their favorite sons.… https://t.co/TKpDr8XMpG
Absolutely shocked, what a true tragedy. Would have accomplished great things and took this game we love to another stage. #RIPJoseFernandez
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