Sydney: Actor Russell Crowe has paid tribute to Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who died after suffering a serious injury while playing.

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe 

Hughes passed away at a hospital here two days after suffering a serious head injury during a match, and his death has sparked an outpouring of grief among cricket fans across the world.

The "Gladiator" star, who lives here and owns a Sydney rugby club, has said on his official Twitter page that she was shocked upon hearing of Hughes's death,

"Just heard. In shock. My deep condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes," the 50-year-old tweeted Thursday.

One Direction singer Harry Styles, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, actor and model Tyson Beckford, former cricketer Shane Warne, and actors Kevin Connolly and Teresa Palmer, were among others who paid tribute to Phil Hughes.