Cantankerous fan favorite, Roy Garber of "Shipping Wars" died on Saturday due to a heart attack according to a press release from uShip. Known for his long white hair and cat accompanying him on long distance trips, Garber had been a valued member of the A&E hit show; he was just 49 years of age at the time of death.
Garber, and his son Travis, owned Arbie's Team Transport and were based out of New Hampshire; however, he spent a great deal of time in Austin, Texas due to his role as a spokesperson for uShip.
Sources close to Garber have confirmed that he suffered from a heart condition. He died after being rushed to a hospital in Austin according to his long term girlfriend. He was an avid scuba diver, fisherman, and was involved in a multitude of business endeavors.
"Shipping Wars" just wrapped production on their fifth season this past Wednesday.
uShip released the following statement:
The uShip team is shocked and incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Roy Garber. While millions of Shipping Wars viewers will remember Roy as a bigger-than-life personality who knew what it took to get the delivery job done, many of us in the uShip family knew him as a personal friend. He spent considerable time at our Austin headquarters, served as company spokesperson and was a long-time service provider on our site. Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.