Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, age 25, passed away this afternoon after a freak accident playing the game he loved.
Hughes was struck in the head by a bouncer at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, while playing the Sheffield Shield match. He was taken to hospital where he was put in an induced coma.
Family, friends and teammates stayed by his bedside, with players flying in from around the country to visit the critically injured player.
However in tragic news this afternoon, it was confirmed Hughes had passed away from his injuries. He was meant to celebrate his 26th birthday this upcoming Sunday.
Players, coaches, fans, media and celebrities alike took to social media to pay their respects to the talented young man.
Michael Clarke, captain of the Australian cricket team, read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family:
We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip. It’s been a very difficult few days and we appreciate the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.
“Cricket was Phillip’s life, and we as a family shared that love of the game. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. – we love you.
Our thoughts go out to the Phillip Hughes’ family, friends, teammates and fans during this tough period.