RMT union general secretary Bob Crow dies following suspected heart-attack

Bob Crow

Bob Crow

The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union Bob Crow dies following a suspected heart attack at his home in east London.

Crow, 52, who has died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, was a media star due to his outstanding role during the U.K.’s trade union movement.

The charismatic union leader believed to have suffered a massive heart attack at his residence and was rushed by ambulance to Whipps Cross Hospital, east Leytonstone, east London.

Even after having tried for an hour, doctors remained unable to save him and declared him dead at around 7am.

Mr Crow took over as RMT leader in 2002 after the former leader Jimmy Knapp had deceased. He led strikes that sparked anger from many London passengers, including last month’s 48-hour Tube strike over ticket office closures. His struggles led the Conservatives to think about reforming laws to protect essential services. He was also a hero for his members as he had successfully won pay rises for them.

The national president of RMT, Peter Pinkney has told in a briefing that the death of Mr Crow was a “huge loss” and his death left “a massive gap” in the lives people close to him.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has expressed his sadness on Mr Crow’s sudden death and said: “Like many, I will remember him as a passionate voice for safety on the railways and the wellbeing of those who work on them.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who regularly sparred with Mr Crow, has said on Twitter: “Sad news about Bob Crow. We may have differed politically but he was a man of character who fought tirelessly for his members.”

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