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Haulage supremo Edward Stobart dies

Freight supremo Edward Stobart, who helped build up the Eddie Stobart haulage empire, has died, the company has confirmed.

Mr Stobart, 56, died at University Hospital, Coventry, this morning after suffering heart problems.

Although not involved with today's Stobart Group business, Edward Stobart was the managing director of Eddie Stobart Ltd for more than 30 years.

The business was started by his father, Eddie, in the 1950s as an agricultural business in Cumbria. Eddie Stobart is in his 80s.

The success of the company has ensured that the sight of Stobart trucks trundling up and down British and European motorways has become an unavoidable part of any road trip.

A spokesman for Stobart Group said: "Edward built Eddie Stobart Ltd into the iconic brand and business we know today before selling the company to brother William and business partner Andrew Tinkler in 2004.

"William Stobart continues the family involvement in his role as chief operating officer of Stobart Group.

"Our thoughts are with Edward's wife Mandy, his children and family at this difficult time."