Murdered teacher Stephanie Scott's father killed by falling tree

Robert Scott (R) and his wife Merrilyn (L) (AAP / file)
Robert Scott (R) and his wife Merrilyn (L) (AAP / file)

The father of murdered Australian schoolteacher Stephanie Scott has been killed by a falling tree.

Robert Scott was crushed by the tree while clearing land on the family farm on Tuesday, less than three weeks after his daughter's killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Ms Scott was murdered by relief cleaner Vincent Stanford at Leeton High School last year, days before she was to marry her partner of five years.

"The family has suffered so much, with the absolute tragedy that has happened with Stephanie and now they have this," said Leeton mayor Paul Maytom.

After his daughter was killed, Mr Scott said he wanted her to be remembered for who she was, not the way she died.

"Stephanie was a bubbly, bright, witty, intelligent, fun-loving girl who has obviously impacted on many people here today and our wishes for the future are that that will continue in your minds, you remember her as the girl she was - that great little girl she was."

Police are investigating Mr Scott's death, and local residents told Channel 7 News they were devastated to hear of the tragedy.

Mr Scott was also a teacher.