CEO of UF Health Jacksonville died as a result of a personal watercraft accident at Lake Worth Inlet on Saturday.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dr. Leon Leroy Haley Jr., 56, was operating a 2021 10′ Yamaha PWC and ejected from the vehicle at 10:33 a.m.
He was found in the water wearing a life jacket.
Dr. Haley was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach where he was confirmed dead.
Dr. Haley was dean and the first black CEO of UF Health Jacksonville.
He played a huge role collaborating with community organizers to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed throughout Jacksonville.
It is with great sadness we share that our CEO and dean, Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, has passed away unexpectedly. Dr. Haley was a strong, inspirational leader and beloved son, father, friend and colleague. We ask that you keep his family in your prayers and thoughts. pic.twitter.com/1YLmdXvuzs
— UF Health Jacksonville (@UFHealthJax) July 25, 2021