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Phillip Hughes: Australian Cricketer, 25, Dies After Being Hit By A Ball

Thu, November 27, 2014 8:35am EDT by Chris Rogers 2 Comments
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So sad. Phillip Hughes died in a hospital, two days after he was struck on the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Nov. 25. He was just 25 years old.

Phillip Hughes, an Australian cricketer, tragically died from injuries sustained during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Nov. 25. The 25-year-old collapsed after he was hit on the lower back of his neck by a ball. He was taken to a hospital in a critical condition and died two days later.

Phillip Hughes Dead — Australian Cricketer Dies After Being Hit In Head By Ball

Phillip had remained in an induced coma at St Vincent’s hospital after having emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, according to The Guardian. Unfortunately, he never regained consciousness.

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” a statement from the Australian team doctor, Peter Brukner, said.

“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.”

All Sheffield Shield matches were cancelled after Phillip suffered his injury. It’s unclear how Cricket Australia will go forward from here.

Phillip Hughes’ Death — Prime Minister Releases Statement

Soon after the news, the prime minister, Tony Abbott, said Phillip’s death was “a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.”

“What happened has touched millions of Australians,” he said in a statement. “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.”

Our thoughts go out to Phillip’s family and friends during this difficult time.

— Chris Rogers

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