Hughes’ family ‘devastated’ following his death

"We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip"

“We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip”

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Following the tragic news of his death, Australia batsman Phillip Hughes’ family have released a statement expressing their devastation.

Hughes, who was playing for South Australia at the time of the tragedy, passed away at the age of 25 after being hit on the side of the head by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.

“This statement is on behalf of Greg, Virginia, Jason and Megan Hughes,” the statement, which was read by Australia captain Michael Clarke, said. “We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip.

“It has been a very difficult few days. We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.

“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we, as a family, shared that love of the game with him.

“We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott added: “Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. 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.”

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