Yordano Ventura killed at the age of 25.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday morning, he was just 25 years old.
The young pitcher had been with the Royals organization since 2013, and was a close friend of former Cardinals outfielder Oscar Tavares who was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic back in 2014.
The Royals have released the following statement regarding the tragic loss of their young star. Per ESPN:
"Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing," said Royals general manager Dayton Moore via statement. "He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano."
Ventura's tragic death comes on the same day that former top prospect Andy Marte was killed in a separate car crash in the Dominican Republic.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura," read a statement from MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark. "It's never easy to lost a member of our fraternity, and there are no words to describe the feeling of losing two young men in the prime of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends, teammates and fans throughout the United States and Latin America."
Royals' P Yordano Ventura has died in car accident in the Dominican Republic. He was 25 years old. pic.twitter.com/lby7Y6ppMc— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2017
To the families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. I send my deepest condolences. RIP. pic.twitter.com/mC9EihLMXg— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) January 22, 2017
Today our hearts go out to the entire @MLB community, and the family & friends of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) January 22, 2017
RIP Yordano Ventura. Awful news. Ruined the day. Way too young. Prayers to the families and everyone involved!— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) January 22, 2017
RIP, Yordano Ventura. And Andy Marte. An unspeakably sad day.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2017