Billy Martin was continuously involved in headlines, for the most part, negative. On Christmas day, 1989, Martin was involved in headlines, that of his death. Martin was killed in a crash in his pickup truck not far from his upstate NY farm. Martin was only 61 years old. However his constant drinking was a constant danger to him. Martin was driving with his longtime buddy, William Reedy from Detroit. Reedy was driving and survived the crash. After attempting to resuscitate Martin, Martin was pronounced dead at the hospital.
It was reported that the truck Martin was in, skidded 120 feet and fell in a ditch. It was a sad ending to an often sad life.