'Shipping Wars' Star Dead After Suffering Heart Attack

1/19/2014 12:40 AM PST

Roy Garber Dead -- 'Shipping Wars' Star Dies at 49 After Suffering Heart Attack


One of the stars of the A&E show "Shipping Wars" died Friday night after suffering a heart attack ... TMZ has learned.

Roy Garber -- a popular character on the hit show -- was rushed to a hospital in Texas after suffering a heart attack and passed away shortly after -- this according to his long-time girlfriend.

Sources close to the family  tell us Roy had a heart condition for some time.

A rep for the show says they are "deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the A&E family."

He was 49-years old.