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Bob Crow's brother said he believed the union leader suffered a heart attack in the early hours of today and paid tribute to the "loveable little rogue".
Mr Crow's older brother, Richard Crow, told Sky News: "It's very sad. It was about 7am that I got the call (from my sister). I presume some time in the night he had some problems. We're really trying to find out exactly what happened.
"We grew up together in Chigwell in Essex and he was a very likeable chap - no matter what people said about his politics.
"He was honest, he looked after the people he was supposed to look after, and he was a great man as far as honesty and beliefs went. He was a person who believed in justice."
When asked what Bob was like when he was younger, Richard replied: "He was one of those loveable little rogues, one of those guys that had bundles of friends. He would be a cheeky chappie Cockney kid. He was a lovely kid to grow up with."
The daughter of one of PR guru Max Clifford's alleged victims heard her mother talk about the incident almost two decades ago, a court heard today.
She recalled her mother's description of Clifford "trying to force himself on top of her" her in 1966 after they met at a Wimpy burger bar in south-west London.
The daughter told jurors that she was 12 or 13 at the time, and the discussion was "probably about 18 years ago".
The woman said her mother had since commented on Mr Clifford several times upon seeing him on television, stating "there's some skeletons in his closet" and claiming "I had an experience with him".
Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has been adjourned for the day and will start again at 9.30am local time tomorrow.
Oscar Pistorius' friend, Darren Fresco, who has been giving evidence in court against the athlete has admitted to following the trial proceedings on Twitter.
Barry Roux, defending, claims that his evidence could have been tailored by what he has read.
Earlier, Mr Fresco claimed that Pistorius wanted him to take the blame for a shot supposedly fired out of a car's sunroof.
Another ex-colleague of a woman who claimed Max Clifford "lunged" at her in a car has described what she had been told about the alleged incident.
"I was told she went to a wooded area, not home, and the car stopped," the witness said.
She said the complainant had told her that Mr Clifford "pushed the car seat down and proceeded to jump on her, climb on top of her and pull at her clothes".
Detectives have been given more time to question a soldier arrested on suspicion of murdering one of his comrades in Shropshire.
The 23-year-old soldier was arrested at the Ternhill army barracks after Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead on Saturday morning.
Magistrates today granted officers more time to question him. He can now be kept in custody until 11am tomorrow.
Det Insp Steve Tonks issued a fresh appeal for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.
He said additional tests were being carried out today to try to determine the cause of death.
Scotland's Crown Office says there is 'nothing new' in the latest claims that Iran was responsible for the Lockerbie air disaster.
– Crown Office spokesperson
"Mesbahi's claim that Iran was responsible was first reported in the media in the late 1990s and was available to the defence before the trial but they did not call him as a witness.
"The only appropriate forum for the determination of guilt or innocence is the criminal court, and Mr Megrahi was convicted unanimously by three senior judges. His conviction was upheld unanimously by five judges, in an Appeal Court presided over by the Lord Justice General, Scotland’s most senior judge.
"As the investigation remains live, it would not be appropriate to offer further comment."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of union leader Bob Crow.
Paying tribute to the improvements in London Underground made by his political opponent, he said his death leaves a massive gap behind and praised his indefatigable defence of his members views and interests.
An alleged victim of Max Clifford told an ex-colleague the PR guru was "a bloody pervert", a court has heard today.
Southwark Crown Court has today heard the testimony of the former workmate of a woman who claims Mr Clifford "lunged" at her in a car in the 1960s.
The witness described how the victim had said the alleged assault took place when she was a teenager of around 14 years of age.
"She used to hang around with friends at the Wimpy bar in Morden and Max Clifford used to go there," she said.
According to the witness, the woman said Clifford started touching her in his car but that she managed to get out and run home.
Clifford, 70, from Hersham in Surrey, is accused of a total of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. He denies all charges.