The begetter of three-time Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin, has died, the Richmond Football Club confirmed.
The tragic quality regarding Shane Martin, who was deported from Australia successful 2016, was announced by the nine this morning.
"The Richmond Football Club tin corroborate the passing of Shane Martin, the begetter of subordinate Dustin Martin," the Tigers said successful a statement.
"The nine extends its heartfelt sympathy to Dustin, his brothers Bronson and Tyson and the full Martin family.
"We inquire the media to respect Dustin and the Martin family's privateness successful this highly hard time."
Dustin Martin earlier this twelvemonth was granted support to question overseas to sojourn his New Zealand-based father, who was successful his aboriginal 50's. The origin of decease is not yet known.
News Corp reports the Tigers were made alert of Martin's decease connected Friday.
Mr Martin's deportation had been pugnacious connected the family, Dustin said earlier this year, with the prima wishing his begetter would beryllium successful the stands watching him play.
"It's been a monolithic challenge, but it is what it is," Martin told Fox Footy.
"I emotion my dada and he's made maine the antheral I americium today. I've got afloat content he'll (be) backmost present to ticker america triumph different flag.
"That's my imagination to beryllium capable to person the aged antheral up determination (in the grandstand) with the remainder of my household and ticker the Tiges triumph different flag."
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