Australian Cricketer Phil Hughes Is Dead

Australian pro cricket player Phil Hughes is dead, days after suffering a severe head injury due to being struck by a bouncer thrown by New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott.

Doctors say the delivery caused Hughes's vertebral artery to rupture:

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner told a press conference Thursday that Hughes suffered a "massive bleed into his brain" during the game on Tuesday afternoon.

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."

Hughes was 25.

Australian Cricketer "Fighting For Life" After Taking Bouncer To Skull

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is in critical condition today after being struck in the head by a bouncer during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The South Australia batsman was knocked unconscious and reportedly stopped breathing as doctors attempted to resuscitate him on the field. A medivac helicopter landed on the field, though Hughes would eventually be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. He's currently in a medically-induced coma following surgery for a head injury.

A "bouncer" is a type of delivery in cricket that often results in the ball flying toward the batsman's head. It's heavily regulated due to its chances for injury.