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Jose Fernandez’s friend sent an ominous text before dying in boating accident

'Trust me it's not my time yet.'

Feb 28, 2020, 11:15 pm*



Ramon Ramirez

While the sports world continues to mourn the death of 24-year-old All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez, the details of his mysterious boating accident remain under scrutiny. 

He was reportedly at the American Social Bar & Kitchen in Miami just 90 minutes before his death, according to TMZ. We also know that his friend, Eduardo Rivero, sent a serious of ominous text messages just before going out to sea. 

According to USA Today, Fernandez was upset following an argument with his girlfriend and hell bent on blowing off steam in the water. Rivero and Emilio Macia went out there with him to lend the embattled MLB pitcher support—even if it meant doing so well after midnight.

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Our last phone conversation and text messages last night. I feel sick to my stomach. Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend. This doesn't sit with me well. I write this with the heaviest heart I've ever had. I just lost Tony and now I lost another best friend. I can't get over this nightmare. I already miss you and our daily conversations. You died being a great friend. You went to be with Jose and help him when he called you. I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat. It didn't feel right and we both knew it. I'm choking on tears writing this, you don't deserve this. We were just talking about life at the Marlins game and how precious it is. I can't believe you are gone. The pain I have is unexplainable. I feel guilty that I didn't do a better job of trying to convince you not get on that boat. You told me just so I know in case something happens. You had a gut feeling and that is killing me. I love you bro, you'll always be the little brother I never had. I'm in shock, I'm still waiting for you to call me or txt me. We were so excited to celebrate your birthday in Vegas. You were loved by many and I'll do my best to stay involved with them. Lauren and I will keep you in our prayers. Rest In Peace brother. Love you little bro Eddy Rivero @e_greeneyes #rip #mybrotherfromanothermother

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The three were killed when Fernandez’s 32-foot fishing boat crashed into a jetty sometime before 3am ET.

H/T Uproxx

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*First Published: Sep 27, 2016, 2:08 pm