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.

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Remembering Shane: We salute the Tiger who gave everything

Across 173 AFL games from 2004 to 2013, Richmond's Shane Tuck was a brave and courageous warrior who gave it his all

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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.

Shane Tuck celebrates a win with the Richmond faithful in 2011. Picture: Getty Images

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale paid tribute to Tuck and his family.

Shane was a warrior on the field, giving everything to the team each week

- Brendon Gale

"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 Tuck in the boxing ring in 2015. Picture: Getty Images

"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. 

Shane Tuck playing for Hawthorn reserves in 1999. Picture: AFL Photos


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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