The father of murdered school teacher Stephanie Scott has died in a tragic accident at a farm in Canowindra in the central west of NSW.
It is understood Robert Scott died after being hit by a falling tree.
Paramedics were called to a farm in Namami Road about midday on Tuesday following reports Mr Scott had died.
Police said initial inquiries suggested Mr Scott was hit by a falling tree as he cleared his property.
His body was found on Tuesday morning.
Police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.
Last month, Robert Scott and his wife Merrilyn were among family members who attended the Supreme Court in Griffith to see Vincent Stanford sentenced to life for the rape and murder of Ms Scott.
The Leeton school teacher was killed on Easter Sunday last year, days before she was due to marry her boyfriend Aaron Leeson-Woolley.
Following the sentencing, Merrilyn Scott had spoken of the difficult and "harrowing" 18 months her family had endured.
"So much has been taken away from us. Stephanie has had everything taken away from her," Mrs Scott said.
"Losing her has shattered so many lives and we are all struggling with the consequences."
Mr Scott, known to those who know him as Bob, has been a pillar of strength to his family, since the murder of his daughter on Easter Sunday last year.
Only weeks ago, he stood beside his wife Merrilyn, holding her hand as she read a victim impact statement to a special sitting of the NSW Supreme Court in Griffith.
The day afterwards, Mr Scott and his family were present in court when school cleaner Vincent Stanford was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and rape of Ms Scott.
At the time of his daughter's death, Mr Scott held his family together and spoke to a crowd of hundreds on what should have been his daughter's wedding day.
Mr Scott told the crowd of hundreds gathered in Mountford Park that he wanted his daughter to be remembered for the great girl she was – and not the tragic way she was taken away.
"Unfortunately, she was taken away from us for a short time but now we've got her back and we will restore her dignity," Mr Scott said as he stood on stage beside his wife, children and other family members.
"Stephanie was a bubbly, bright, witty, intelligent fun-loving girl who has obviously impacted on many people here to today and our wishes for the future are that that will continue in your minds. You remember her as the girl she was and I'm sure wherever she is now that she would wish that to be the case and maintain that as you remember her, as that great little girl she was.
After 15 years of service, Mr Scott retired as head teacher from Canowindra High School at the end of 2015.
At the time, the principal Neryle Smurthwaite described him as a strong advocate for public education.
"It would be remiss not to acknowledge the unparalleled contribution he has made to the young people of our community.
"Bob has led the TAS faculty through significant change and at all times his one focus was on delivering the best education possible for his students whether in the workshop, on the farm or in the classroom," she said.
"Bob, as both head teacher and relieving deputy principal, has been a strong advocate for public education in our community and his determination to forge partnerships between the school and home has been invaluable."