Cricketer Phillip Hughes Loses Fight For Life
In tragic news, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has lost his battle in hospital today after sustaining a severe blow in Tuesday's Sheffield Shield Match at the SCG.
Cricket Australia confirmed that the former Test batsman had died in St Vincents Hospital.
"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away," said Australian cricket team doctor Peter Brukner in a statement.
"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."
After receiving the sickening knock on Tuesday, Hughes was allegedly resuscitated at the scene before being transported to St Vincents Hospital.
The bouncer struck him behind the ear, which ultimately damaged a major artery causing major bleeding over the skull and resulted in him being put into an induced coma.
The 25-year-old continued to fight for life, with the Cricket and Australian community rallying around the sportsman.
As the cricket world came to grips with the severity of his plight, numerous Test and state cricket colleagues and friends joined his family at the hospital over the two days.
But his life support was turned off on Thursday.
The news has resulted in an outpouring of emotion from across the world, including messages of support for his family and friends and the entire cricket family.
Hughes' legacy will live on after representing New South Wales, South Australia and Australia throughout his eight year career.