Jan 20, 2014 12:24 PM EST

Shipping Wars' Roy Garber Dies: Reality Star Roy Garber's Girlfriend Says He Suffered Long Before Dying of a Heart Attack at 49

Shipping Wars' Roy Garber always liked to move things and get paid for it and that's exactly what the reality show star did until he passed away on Jan. 17.

The man who was both practical and punctual on A&E's hit reality series "Shipping Wars" passed away after suffering from a heart attacked, confirmed his long-time girlfriend in an interview with TMZ.

Garber, who was 49 when he died Friday, was rushed to a hospital in Texas Friday night but died shortly after his arrival.

Roy Garber, who had a no-nonsense attitude on Shipping Wars as well as in real life, was 49 years old when he died. He reportedly suffered from heart conditions for several years before his death, family members said in an interview.

A&E released an official statement with their utmost condolences, mentioning that they were "deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the A&E family."

Garber starred in five seasons of hit TV series Shipping Wars. In one episode of the show, he admitted that he bathed only once a week and only washed his long white mane of hair once a month.

Fans of the show have expressed their condolences and support for the Shipping Wars family as well as Garber's own family members through various social media sites.

Shipping Wars' final episodes of the fifth season were aired on the cable network. Producers have not yet disclosed information on the show's next season the changes that will be made due to Garber's loss.

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