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Father of Dustin Martin confirmed dead

The father of three-time Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin, has died, the Richmond Football Club confirmed.

The tragic news regarding Shane Martin, who was deported from Australia in 2016, was announced by the club this morning.

Shane Martin. (Nine)

"The Richmond Football Club can confirm the passing of Shane Martin, the father of player Dustin Martin," the Tigers said in a statement.

"The club extends its heartfelt sympathy to Dustin, his brothers Bronson and Tyson and the entire Martin family.

"We ask the media to respect Dustin and the Martin family's privacy in this extremely difficult time."

Martin said earlier this year his father's deportation had been tough to deal with. (Getty)

Dustin Martin earlier this year was granted permission to travel overseas to visit his New Zealand-based father, who was in his early 50's. The cause of death is not yet known.

News Corp reports the Tigers were made aware of Martin's death on Friday.

Mr Martin's deportation had been tough on the family, Dustin said earlier this year, with the star wishing his father would be in the stands watching him play.

"It's been a massive challenge, but it is what it is," Martin told Fox Footy.

"I love my dad and he's made me the man I am today. I've got full belief he'll (be) back here to watch us win another flag.

"That's my dream to be able to have the old man up there (in the grandstand) with the rest of my family and watch the Tiges win another flag."

More to come.

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