Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 21, 2014
One of the stars of "Shipping Wars," a highly rated A&E show featuring Austin-based uShip, has died.
Roy Garber died Friday of a heart attack, the network said. He was 49.
Garber was one of several independent shippers who engaged each week in a bidding war to carry a variety of off-the-wall items, such as a mobile tattoo parlor and the world’s largest drum set.
The show, seen worldwide, wrapped up its fifth season last week, with 1.5 million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen.
Over the weekend, uShip released a statement on Garber’s death: "The uShip team is shocked and incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Roy Garber. While millions of ‘Shipping Wars’ viewers will remember Roy as a bigger-than-life personality who knew what it took to get the delivery job done, many of us in the uShip family knew him as a personal friend. He spent considerable time at our Austin headquarters, served as company spokesperson and was a long-time service provider on our site. Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to his family at this difficult time."
The show hasn’t yet released details on how – or if – it plans to address Garber’s death when the sixth season of "Shipping Wars" makes its debut later this year.