Friday morning saw the sporting world awake to the news that former All- Black rugby player Jerry Collins and his wife Alana had died in a car crash in France, with their baby in critical condition.
Legendary broadcaster Richie Benaud, also known as the Voice of Cricket, has passed away at the age of 84, after a battle with skin cancer, and tributes have been pouring in from around the globe for the Australian.
South Africa batsman AB de Villiers astounded world cricket on Sunday, breaking record after record on his way to 149 runs off 44 balls in the second ODI against the West Indies in Johannesburg.
The outpouring of grief and shock over the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes spanned the globe, as cricketers from all the Test-playing nations took to the internet to send their condolences.
Twitter reacted instantly, and in a prolonged way, with players and pundits around the world waking up to the news. There was also support for Abbott, especially from current and former fast bowlers.