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The Australian Football League has faced many trials and tribulations in 2020, but none more polarising than the recent passing of 38-year-old Shane Tuck, a former Richmond player. The athlete played 173 matches between the years of 2004 and 2013. 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.”

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Shane hailed from a famed AFL family. His father, Michael Tuck, was considered a legend of the Hawthorn Football Club where he won seven premierships and four of those in which he captained. His brother, Travis, played for the Hawks.

According to reports, the Tigers will pay tribute to Tuck by wearing black armbands at Friday night’s match against GWS at Giants Stadium. Tuck has been described as a “hard-nosed midfielder” by the Richmond club and scored 74 goals for the Tigers during his AFL career.

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