Roy Garber, the star of A&E’s reality series Shipping Wars has died. Sources confirmed to Variety that Garber died of a heart attack at the age of 49.
Shipping Wars which debuted in January of 2012, follows six carriers who have “discovered that fortunes can be made transporting items that traditional carriers either cannot or will not haul.” As for Garber who is described as a “jack of-all-trades”, he owned and operated Arbie’s Team Transport in New Hampshire with his son Travis. The duo were the show’s top earners among the other carriers.
According to Variety the show had just finished filming their fifth season on Wednesday. On the A&E site Garber’s hobbies are listed as fishing and scuba diving.
Shortly before his death, Garber was rushed to the hospital in Texas after having a heart attack, but unfortunately Roy passed away shortly after he arrived. This is all according to his long-time girlfriend, who spoke with TMZ.
Although it is a huge shock, it’s reported by people close to the Garber family that Roy had a pre-existing heart condition for a while.
During Shipping Wars’ first season Garber was interviewed by Concord Monitor. Of the reaction he had received, Garber said:
“I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. I can’t go anywhere or do anything. It’s just dumbfounding how many people walk up to me, have almost ran me off the road trying to get pictures. And it’s just, wow, I’m not used to this kind of stuff.”
Of getting used to the taping Garber didn’t mince any words about his portrayal:
“It takes some getting used to. I just got done filming Jan. 10 for eight and a half months…. What we do is I find the loads and then they ride with me when I run the loads. But they’re with me 12 hours a day, six days a week. We take one day a week off…. The camera is running the whole time, because I’m a very unpredictable person. I’m a very volatile person.”
Although Roy described himself as a volatile person, he seemed to have a lot of fans that were touched by his presence on the show. Now that word is out on his sudden death, people have reacted on Twitter with a few words:
roy garber I really hope he is not dead he is a true role model and best charecter on #shippingwars
— Heel Paul (@NextBigThingF5_) January 19, 2014
— Amber Dion Pryde (@AmberDionPryde) January 19, 2014
— Scott Snyder (@djscream702) January 19, 2014
— Danny (@DannyRajchel) January 19, 2014
As for official word from Shipping Wars, a statement was made on behalf of the A&E show. A representative of the show said of Roy Garber’s death that they are “”deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the A&E family.”