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Australia's Heart Breaks After Tragic Death Of Cricketer Phillip Hughes

The batsman died on Thursday two days after being struck by a ball. He was 25.

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Australia is in mourning following the death of young test batsman Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday. Hughes sustained a fatal head knock while playing in a State game on Tuesday. He was 25 years old.

Cricket Australia released a statement to announce Hughes' shock death, and said he was not in pain before he died.

"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away," said the statement from Australia's team doctor, Peter Brukner. "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."

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke led the tributes at a highly emotional media conference on Thursday afternoon. He read a statement from the Hughes family and then had to leave the room.

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Australian coach Darren Lehmann and others in the cricket community were shocked and stunned.

RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you ! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family xxxx

Darren Lehmann@darren_lehmannFollow

RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you ! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family xxxx

5:01 AM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rest in peace Hughesy. I am really going to miss you. You were 1 of the great blokes and I will never forget you. #408 will live on forever.

Steve Smith@stevesmith49Follow

Rest in peace Hughesy. I am really going to miss you. You were 1 of the great blokes and I will never forget you. #408 will live on forever.

4:59 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

Glenn McGrath@glennmcgrath11Follow

Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

4:00 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There are just no words to express the sadness I feel. The world has lost a great man!

Michael Slater@mj_slatsFollow

There are just no words to express the sadness I feel. The world has lost a great man!

5:04 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The ball hit him on the side of the head and the batsman collapsed to the pitch. Bowler Sean Abbott and other teammates held his head while waiting for doctors to arrive.

At Thursday's media conference, Brukner explained how the ball had hit the back of his neck, severing an artery and causing a "massive bleed".

Dr Brukner on Hughes' injury: "There's only about 100 cases ever reported... only one case caused by a cricket ball"

BuzzFeed Australia@BuzzFeedOzFollow

Dr Brukner on Hughes' injury: "There's only about 100 cases ever reported... only one case caused by a cricket ball"

6:29 AM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

St Vincent's Hospital's Dr Tony Grabs added that Hughes had been brought there with a "catastrophic" injury and blood surrounding his brain. Surgery was performed to relieve pressure but he did not recover.

"There's only about 100 cases of this ever reported...only one case caused by a cricket ball," said Dr Brukner.

Both doctors played down media speculation that ambulance response time had caused Hughes' condition to worsen. They maintain doctors at the ground worked to keep him alive.

Cricket Australia joined others in expressing deep sadness for Hughes and support for bowler Sean Abbott.

The strength of the cricket family is more important than ever on this incredibly sad day. Please keep Sean Abbott in your thoughts.

cricket.com.au@CricketAusFollow

The strength of the cricket family is more important than ever on this incredibly sad day. Please keep Sean Abbott in your thoughts.

4:46 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, released a statement expressing deep sadness over Hughes' death.

"Philip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams," Abbott said. "His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians.

"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."

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