PROMINENT and controversial Rail, Maritime and Transport union boss Bob Crow died today aged 52.
He was hailed as a hero for the working class by Gloucester county councillor Tracy Millard (L, Tuffley), who is president of the Gloucestershire Trades Council.
Ms Millard said: “I’m absolutely shocked. It is awful news and such a loss to the trade unions movement.
“He was a big person who fought for the rights of the working class. He stood up for rail workers and was never afraid to challenge.”
Sophy Gardner, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Gloucester, said: "I was hugely shocked to learn of the death of Bob Crow, at only 52 years old. Along with my colleagues across the Labour Party, I admired his passionate commitment to the trade union movement and to the men and women of the RMT. I know he will be missed terribly and my thoughts and condolences go to his family at this time."
Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group on Gloucester City Council, said: "Sad news to lose someone, so suddenly, who fought so passionately for his members and his beliefs."
Mr Crow is understood to have suffered an aneurysm and heart attack and was taken to hospital where he died in the early hours.
Mr Crow is credited with revitalising the RMT union and fighting for worker’s rights, while his detractors criticised him for his significant salary and extravagant holidays abroad.