2016 has been an absolutely tragic one in regards to celebrity deaths. Almost every week, reports of a tragic or untimely death are made public. From young talent like Anton Yelchin to icons like Gene Wilder and Kenny Baker, you can't turn a corner in 2016 without being confronted with the terrifying concept of death, and how it affects those in the public eye. Now this has happened again, and unfortunately a very young talent has passed away before his time. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has tragically passed away at the age of 24.
This news comes to us from the New York Post, which is reporting that Jose Fernandez passed away early Sunday morning as a result of a tragic boat accident. He was one of three people killed as a result of the accident, although the identities of the other victims have not been released. It has been reported, however, that none of the three had been wearing a life vest, but whether or not this would have made a difference is not clear. What is clear is how tragic this young death is, and how strongly it being felt throughout the MLB world and beyond.
Jose Fernandez's tragic death is worse when considering the many struggles the pitcher had endured during his short life. Fernandez defected from Cuba alongside his mother, although it was not his first attempt. Indeed, he had tried to flee from Cuba a total of four times- and those attempts which were unsuccessful led to Fernandez's imprisonment. In the final successful escape attempt, Jose and his mother used a very small boat in order to make their way to America. During this journey, his mother went overboard and Jose dove into the dark waters and saved her from drowning. So for him to lose his life due to a boating accident is particularly tragic and morbid.
Jose Fernandez's death is also terrible considering what was happening in the young pitcher's personal life. Less than a week ago, he posted an image of his pregnant girlfriend with the hashtag #familyfirst. So in addition to the loss of a son, friend, boyfriend, and athlete, a child will be brought into the world without the ability to meet their father.
This entire situation is just terrible. Both the Miami Marlins and his teammates have taken to social media to mourn Jose Fernandez's death, as well as express their disbelief with the tragedy.
The MLB has lost an immense physical talent, but it also seems that humanity as a whole has lost a remarkable person as well. Our thought are with his mother, girlfriend, and loved ones at this time.