Australia Test and One-Day International cricketer Phillip Hughes has passed away in hospital two days after he was struck on the back of a head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 25-year-old had remained in an induced coma at St Vincent’s hospital after having emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain but never regained consciousness, according to a statement by the Australian team doctor, Peter Brukner on Thursday afternoon.
"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away," the statement read.
Tributes for the cricketer, who was three days away from celebrating his 26th birthday, have poured in.
Australia captain Michael Clarke said in a statement on behalf of the Hughes family: "We’re devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip.
"Cricket was Phillip’s life, and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We love you."