Former Richmond AFL player Shane Tuck has died, aged 38.
- Shane Tuck played 173 AFL matches for Richmond after debuting in 2004
- The Tigers described Tuck as a “warrior on the field” and a “fun-loving person off the field”
- The club will wear black armbands as a mark of respect for Tuck when they play the Giants on Friday night
Tuck played 173 senior matches for the Tigers between 2004 and 2013.
He belonged to a famous AFL family, with his father Michael a legend of the Hawthorn Football Club, with whom he won seven premierships, including four as captain.
His brother Travis also played for the Hawks and he was a cousin of Geelong superstar Gary Ablett Junior and nephew to Cats great Gary Ablett Senior.
Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale paid tribute to Tuck, who died on Monday 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.”
The Tigers will pay tribute to Tuck by wearing black armbands at Friday night’s match against GWS at Giants Stadium.
Richmond premiership player 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 told SEN radio.
“There are plenty of stories about Tucky and a lot of funny ones.
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.”
Terry Wallace, who coached Tuck at the Tigers between 2005 and 2009, said he was an outstanding representative of the club.
“He was just a very lovable person and one of the great characters around that football club at the time,” Wallace told SEN radio.
“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.”
Hawks pay their respects
Hawthorn extended its condolences to the Tuck family.
“The Tuck name is synonymous with Hawthorn and the family is interwoven into the fabric of the club,” a Hawthorn statement read.
Richmond great Kevin Bartlett and the AFL Players’ Association also passed on their sympathies.
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 and showed impressive consistency by playing 104 consecutive senior matches from 2005 to 2009.
Tuck finished second in Richmond’s best and fairest in 2008 and placed third in the count on two occasions (2005 and 2007).
Shane and Michael Tuck sit third on the list of most AFL/VFL matches played by a father-and-son combination, with 599 appearances.
He entered the AFL system via the Hawks when he was selected in the rookie draft but did not play a senior match for the club.
West Coast and Carlton were among the AFL clubs to pay tribute to Tuck on social media.