Union boss Bob Crow dies
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Union leader Bob Crow has died aged 52.
The general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union passed away in the early hours of this morning.
London mayor Boris Johnson said he was shocked by the news, adding that Mr Crow was a "fighter and a man of character".
The general secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady, said he was "an outstanding trade unionist, who tirelessly fought for his members, his industry and the wider trade union movement".
Mr Crow was elected RMT leader in 2002. The Londoner started working for the underground aged 16, cutting down trees.
In a statement, Boris Johnson said: "Whatever our political differences, and there were many, this is tragic news."
"Bob fought tirelessly for his beliefs and for his members.
"There can be absolutely no doubt that he played a big part in the success of the Tube, and he shared my goal to make transport in London an even greater success."
Though he was once a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, Mr Crow was not a member of any political party when he died.
He once said of the Labour Party that its achievements "in the years after the Second World War should never be underestimated, but they are now history".
On the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher last year, he said: "I won't shed one single tear over her death. She destroyed the NHS and destroyed industry in this country and as far as I'm concerned she can rot in hell."
A passionate supporter of Millwall Football Club, Mr Crow died at Whipps Cross University Hospital after suffering a heart attack.