On early Sunday morning, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident. He was 24 years old. The Coast Guard found an overturned boat 3 a.m. off of Miami Beach with three victims. Two were trapped and killed under the vessel, while the other was floating lifelessly in the water - none of the three were wearing potentially life-saving life jackets.

About the man

Jose Fernandez was a man that lived with flashy potential. After defecting and emigrating from Cuba in 2008, Fernandez went to high school in Tampa, Florida, where he was eventually drafted by the Marlins with the 14th pick of the 2011 MLB Draft.

His rise to the big leagues was rapid, and in 2013, he was hailed as one of the best young pitchers in the game while winning the NL Rookie of the Year award. He also made his first All-Star team that season and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award race, behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fernandez was also not short on controversy. His intense attitude often led to spats with batters and bench-clearing altercations. Some said he was too disrespectful of the game, a la Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers, but others said his Cuban flair added to the fun of a game that could sometimes be slow and plodding. A torn UCL in 2014 diminished his 2014 and 2015 seasons (he required Tommy John surgery), but did little to diminish his spirit when he returned to the mound.

This season, he made his second trip to the All-Star game.

Repercussions of his death

Fernandez's death has stunned people throughout the sports community, as he was one of baseball's brightest young stars. For his career, he went 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA and 589 strikeouts. Perhaps more importantly, he tried to start a family.

He became an American citizen on April 24, 2015, and posted on Instagram just last week that his girlfriend is pregnant.

The Marlins have decided to cancel Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves to give the team time to mourn. Moments of silence will be held throughout baseball stadiums on Sunday, and the Miami Dolphins will hold a moment of silence as well prior to their game against the Cleveland Browns.

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