Haulage magnate Edward Stobart, who built up the Eddie Stobart lorry empire and ran it for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 56.
He suffered what were described as heart problems on Wednesday and died this morning in hospital in Coventry.
He took the business started by his father Eddie and built it into the best known haulage company in the country.
Mr Stobart sold the firm to his brother William and business partner Andrew Tinkler in 2004.
The Stobart Group said in a statement: Our thoughts are with Edward’s wife Mandy, his children and family at this difficult time.