Shane Tuck, former Richmond AFL footballer, dies aged 38
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Shane Tuck, former Richmond AFL footballer, dies aged 38

Former Richmond AFL player Shane Tuck has died, aged 38.

Tuck played 173 senior matches for the Tigers between 2004 and 2013.

He belonged to a famous AFL family, with his father Michael regarded as a legend of the Hawthorn Football Club, with whom he won seven premierships.

His brother Travis also played for the Hawks and he was a cousin of Geelong great Gary Ablett Junior.

Richmond chief executive Brendon Gales paid tribute to Tuck, who died this morning.

“We’re incredibly saddened by the news of Shane’s passing, he will be missed enormously by everyone,” Gale said in a statement.

“We send our deepest condolences to Shane’s family and loved ones — his wife Kat, children Will and Ava, parents Michael and Fay, and the extended Tuck family.

“Shane was a warrior on the field, giving everything to the team each week, and a humble, fun-loving person off the field.”

Retired Richmond and GWS player Brett Deledio paid respect to his former teammate.

“Rest in Peace Great Man!” he tweeted.

“One of the hardest at it I’ve played with.”

Hawthorn also extended its condolences to the Tuck family.

Tuck, described by Richmond as a “hard-nosed midfielder”, was a life member of the Tigers.

He kicked 74 goals for the Tigers during his AFL career.

Shane and Michael Tuck sit third on the list of most AFL/VFL matches played by a father and son combination, with 599 appearances.

The Tigers will pay tribute to Tuck by wearing black armbands at Friday night’s match against GWS at Giants Stadium.

Carlton and West Coast were among the AFL clubs to pay tribute to Tuck on social media.