The trade union movement is in shock after the sudden death of rail union leader Bob Crow, who passed away early this morning aged 52
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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."
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.
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hailed Bob Crow as "a fighter and a force" after the union leader died in the early hours of this morning aged 52.
Sad news. Bob Crow was a fighter and a force. Condolences to his family and friends.
Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to RMT union leader Bob Crow, who died today aged 52. Writing on Twitter, Mr Miliband said he respected his "tireless commitment to fighting for the men and women in his union".
Bob Crow was a major figure in the labour movement and was loved and deeply respected by his members.
I didn’t always agree with him politically but I always respected his tireless commitment to fighting for the men and women in his union.
In one of his last television interviews, RMT union leader Bob Crow spoke to ITV News Meridian on Saturday at a gathering of union members in Brighton to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike.
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- Born in east London, Crow moved to Essex as a toddler and left school at 16
- His first job on London Underground was as an apprentice track worker
- He became a representative for what was then the National Union of Railwaymen aged 20
- He took part in a nationwide day of action in 1980 ordered by the TUC, and the next strike he took part in was on the Tube, the day after returning from his honeymoon in 1982
- He took up his role as general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union in 2002, and led several strikes during his tenure, most recently last month in protest at closure of ticket offices.
He was not afraid of leading his members into industrial action, as he said himself:
I don't shirk from taking industrial action. Our job is to negotiate the best pay and conditions.
Industrial action is the last resort and you don't take it lightly - but when you start you don't finish until you have won. That's what I have been brought up on.