FORMER Richmond star Shane Tuck has tragically passed away at the age of 38.
Tuck is the son of Hawthorn great Michael.
Shane started his career at Hawthorn but did not play a senior game. He moved to the Tigers in 2004 and went on to have a wonderful 173-game career to become a Richmond Life Member.
He retired at the end of 2013 and had a short stint as a boxer in 2015.
Tuck died on Monday morning.
In a statement, Richmond described Tuck as a "hard-nosed midfielder … and brave on the field"
He was "loved by his teammates, staff and fans off the field," the statement said.
Richmond CEO Brendon Gale paid tribute to Tuck and his family.
"We're incredibly saddened by the news of Shane's passing. He will be missed enormously by everyone," 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 club asked that the Tuck family's privacy was respected during this time.
Hawthorn also extended its "deepest condolences" to the Tuck family, with president Jeff Kennett expressing similar sentiments to his Tigers counterpart Gale.
"There are few words that we can express at this time, other than to convey our devout sadness and sympathy to the Tuck family," he said.
Richmond will pay tribute to Shane by wearing black armbands at this weekend's Grand Final re-match against Greater Western Sydney.
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