Phil Hughes, the cricketer who was shockingly felled by a bouncer earlier this week, has died.
The Australian batsman had been in an induced coma for two days after receiving a blow to the head during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on Tuesday.
Hughes suffered a fractured skull in the incident which apparently led to severe hemorrhaging on the brain. He fell unconscious on the pitch, seconds after receiving the blow, and was taken from the field by medical staff and fellow players, and eventually to hospital by ambulance.
Doctors performed surgery on the 25-year-old to relieve the pressure on his brain and he was placed into an induced coma, said to be in a critical condition.
It was hoped doctors would have some encouraging news about the Test player on Thursday. Instead, at around 3pm Sydney time, it was announced by Australian team doctor Peter Brukner that Phillip Hughes had succumbed to his injury and had tragically died.
“He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday,” Brukner said in a statement.
“He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.
“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.”
Many current and former players, including Sean Abbott, the NSW bowler who delivered the fatal ball, have been seen leaving the hospital appearing extremely emotional.
The premier of NSW, Phil Hughes’s state of birth, has ordered that all government flags in the state be flown at half-mast in memory of the young cricketer.
Upon the news of his death, Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, described Hughes as a “young man living out his dreams”.
“His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family,” Mr Abbott said.
“What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration.”
IMAGE: Phil Hughes, died aged 25 on Thursday, 27 November 2014. (Library photo – Getty Images)