Australian cricket star Phil Hughes has passed away at the age of 25 following complications after a bouncer struck him in the head during a match with New South Wales.
According to a statement released by Australian team doctor Peter Brukner, via SMH Sport on Twitter, Hughes was never able to regain consciousness after the accident:
CNN provided an additional statement from Dr. Brukner's press conference:
He said the ball hit the side of his neck and, 'as a result of that blow, his vertebral artery was compressed by the ball. That caused the artery to split and for bleeding to go up into the brain. And he had a massive bleed into his brain. This is frequently fatal at the time.'
But he said doctors on the scene, including a specialist who had been in the crowd, managed to resuscitate him. He was later taken to hospital where they made 'an intervention' to release pressure on his brain. He was then put in an induced coma but failed to recover.
In the initial report on BBC.com following news of Hughes' injury, Dr. Brukner said the talented batsman had "sustained a severe head injury" from a bouncer delivered by New South Wales' Sean Abbott.
Australia's upcoming tour match with India was cancelled following confirmation of Hughes' death, per the team's official account:
New Zealand cricket instantly reacted to the news by announcing that Thursday's match with Pakistan would be suspended:
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke read a statement on behalf of the family shortly after Hughes' passing, reported by Cricket Australia:
According to a tribute article from Robert Craddock and Peter Badel of The Courier-Mail, Hughes' death strikes a particular chord with everyone in and around the sport because of how well liked he was throughout his career:
An impish cricketer with a warm, cheeky grin who had no enemies in the game, Hughes will forever be remembered as one of the game's most likeable characters.
His quirky home-made technique fashioned on the family banana farm in Macksville made him a captivating study of originality and hand-eye co-ordination.
His footwork was so subtle and his movement so expressive that no two shots he played ever looked quite the same.
The cricketing world immediately reacted on Twitter, with many star names and organisations expressing their condolences. Australia coach Darren Lehmann was among those who flew in to visit Hughes. He tweeted the following:
Current Australian international Steve Smith followed suit:
Cricketing icons Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were joined by former Aussie batsman Greg Blewett in offering messages of support:
Tributes continue to pour in from across the globe for a truly well-respected character. South African stars Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn tweeted their reaction, as did English legend Sir Ian Botham:
England bowler James Anderson offered his sympathy, not only to Hughes' family but also bowler Abbott:
It is a mark of the admiration and fondness held for Hughes that the sport of cricket has instantly moved to pay tribute to his life.
The official account for Lord's tweeted its own gesture, while the Telegraph Sport in Australia has planned the following, per reporter Buzz Rothfield:
Journalist Jesse Hogan passed on a message from the Indian cricket team, while legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar provided his thoughts:
Hughes made 26 Test appearances in the Baggy Greens, scoring three centuries and getting to the 50 mark on seven occasions, per ESPNcricinfo. He averaged 32.65 runs, while posting a slightly higher rate of 35.91 during his 25-match ODI career, in which he scored two centuries.
He had undergone surgery and been placed in a medically induced coma before he passed away, per the Australian team's official website. Domestic cricket in Australia has been abandoned as the nation continues to mourn the loss of a cherished character.