Friday September 30th, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid tribute to former Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died when a boat that he owned crashed along a jetty and flipped the boat last weekend.

Clinton made the comments at a campaign rally in Coral Springs, Fla. 

“I wanted to say a few words about the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez,” Clinton said. “You know when he left Cuba, he did not speak a word of English. He did not let that stop him. He pursued his dreams. He wanted to and he became one of the best baseball players that Miami has ever seen and he never forgot where he came from. He worked hard to give back to the community that had given so much to him. Jose's life really embodied the American dream and at just 24 years of age, he was getting started.”

Watch Clinton's speech below:

Playing the game the right way: On the life and love of Jose Fernandez

Clinton's South Florida campaign stop came just one day after Fernandez was laid to rest in a private funeral service on Thursday.

An investigation has been launched into Fernandez's death. A toxicology and autopsy were performed but results have not been released.

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