Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25, after fighting for his life in the hospital for almost two days.
Hughes was rushed and admitted to the St. Vincent’s hospital in Sydney two days ago, after being hit by a bouncer while playing in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
He underwent immediate surgery, and was placed under induced coma as well as breathing aid. However, Hughes could not sustain himself beyond two days, and passed away tragically earlier today.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends,” Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said via an official statement.
“As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time. Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.”
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also paid his tribute to Hughes, saying that it’s an incredibly sad day for the entire cricket world as well as his family.
“What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. He was loved, admired and respected by his teammates and by legions of cricket fans. Australians’ thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family,” Abbott said.