AFL mourns death of former Richmond player Shane Tuck, 38

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Former Richmond Tigers player Shane Tuck is pictured playing in 2006. Tuck was found dead on Monday, aged 38.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Former Richmond Tigers player Shane Tuck has died, aged 38. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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."

Shane Tuck is pictured being clapped off the field by his teammates in 2013.
Shane Tuck of the Tigers gets clapped off by teammates during the First Elimination Final AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the MCG in 2013. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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.”

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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.”

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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.

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