Former Richmond AFL player Shane Tuck died on Monday morning, aged 38.
The Tigers described Tuck as a courageous and brave player who was loved by his teammates, staff and fans off the field.
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"We're incredibly saddened by the news of Shane's passing. He will be missed enormously by everyone," Richmond CEO Brendon Gale said.
"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."
The news was confirmed in a statement on Monday afternoon by the Hawthorn Football Club on behalf of the Tuck family.
"On behalf of the Tuck family, the Hawthorn Football Club is deeply saddened to inform the football community of the passing of Shane Tuck," the statement said.
"Shane passed away this morning at the age of 38.
"Hawthorn Football Club and the entire football community extend their deepest condolences to the Tuck family and ask that their privacy is respected during this time."
Richmond, Hawthorn pay tribute to Shane Tuck
Tuck played 173 games for Richmond before retiring in 2013 and was awarded life membership of the club.
Other clubs also paid tribute to the former Tigers star, many taking to social media to express their shock.
Richmond spearhead and former teammate Jack Riewoldt described Tuck as an inspiring character.
“You always walked taller when you had Shane Tuck playing next to you,” Riewoldt said on SEN radio.
“There are plenty of stories about Tucky and a lot of funny ones.
“He was one of those players that you loved to spend time with because there would always be a story come out of that.”
An extremely brave and courageous warrior on-field. A big-hearted character off the field.— Richmond FC 🐯🏆 (@Richmond_FC) July 20, 2020
You will be missed enormously by everyone, Tucky 💛
Former Richmond coach Terry Wallace was at the helm of the Tigers for 99 matches from 2005-09, and midfielder Tuck was the only player to feature in all of them.
“He was just a very lovable person and one of the great characters around that football club at the time,” Wallace told SEN.
“He was not the best player you've ever seen but he was the epitome of honesty and the epitome of what people should love about their footy clubs.”
Our thoughts go out to the family of Shane Tuck 💙 pic.twitter.com/8HgR8eBlz6— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) July 20, 2020
Rest In Peace, Tucky. Always a great local and family man in Richmond in the day. Sad times @7AFL— Mark Stevens (@Stevo7AFL) July 20, 2020
Horrible news on ex-Tiger Shane Tuck’s passing. 38 years old. 173 games for Richmond. Not many reach that number and had a genuinely good career. RIP— Marc McGowan (@ByMarcMcGowan) July 20, 2020
Oh this is bloody horrible. RIP Shane Tuck. https://t.co/vsAfUEXN2L— Jack Hudson (@jhudson_10) July 20, 2020
I was actually thinking about Shane Tuck recently. I was remembering about the years when Richmond sucked during 2006-2012. The players that came to mind that were not only standouts but also put the club on their back were Deledio, Newman, Richo and Tucky 😭— Sammy 🇦🇺 (@Borgus17) July 20, 2020
Not sure about you, but this Shane Tuck news has flattened me. One of the modern players who epitomised what it meant to don the yellow and black.— Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) July 20, 2020
Vale Shane Tuck. One of my favourites in a tough time for the club. This one really hurts 💛🖤— Nick Budicin (@NickBudicin) July 20, 2020
Richmond and Hawthorn statements pic.twitter.com/a6nVOJswLS— Marc McGowan (@ByMarcMcGowan) July 20, 2020
Absolutely devastated. Vale Shane Tuck and condolences to his family and friends. https://t.co/XiSnBUWNa2— Forever yellow and black (@ForeverYellowa1) July 20, 2020
Richmond will pay tribute to Tuck by wearing black armbands during Friday night's match against Greater Western Sydney.
Tuck and father Michael sit third on the list of most AFL/VFL games played by a father and son combination, with 599 between them.
Michael Tuck was the former individual games record holder with 426 appearances for Hawthorn.