U2 and their tour family are mourning the loss of Dennis Sheehan, who’s been the band’s tour manager since 1982. He was 68.
Per reports from TMZ, Variety and local Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC-TV, paramedics were called around 5:30 AM after Sheehan was found unconscious in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. Sheehan was pronounced dead shortly thereafter with officials citing a massive heart attack being the cause of death.
The following statement from Bono has been published to U2’s official website:
“We’ve lost a family member, we’re still taking it in. He wasn’t just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable.”
Sheehan’s untimely death came just hours after the U2 ended night one of their five-night-stand at the Forum in Los Angeles. As of now, the band are scheduled to take the stage for their second show tonight (May 27.)
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