Days before his death, Jose’ Fernandez shared photo of pregnant girlfriend
MIAMI — Investigators say speed appears to be a major factor in the death of Jose’ Fernandez and two other men.
Miami Marlins pitcher Fernández, who defected from Cuba at 15 and went on to become one of baseball’s brightest stars, was killed early Sunday in a boating accident, Florida authorities said.
Fernández, who was 24, and two other men were found dead after their boat was discovered at the entrance of Miami Harbor, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Lorenzo Veloz.
Coast Guard personnel on patrol noticed the vessel upside down on the north end of a rocky jetty shortly after 3:15 a.m., Veloz said at a news conference.
Divers recovered two bodies under the boat, and a third victim was found on the rocks. The names of the two other victims — also in their 20s — are being withheld until relatives are notified. The men were Fernandez’s friends, Veloz said.
Five days before his death, the young star had posted a picture to Instagram of his pregnant girlfriend, with the caption: “I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together.”
Baseball fan Matt Birnbach wrote: “Jose was a reason you watched baseball. He was must-see TV and his personality is what made him great. Absolutely crushed right now.”