U2 Tour Manager Found Dead In West Hollywood Hotel
The man who has managed U2's tours for over three decades was found dead in his West Hollywood hotel room this morning.Dennis Sheehan, 68, was found unconscious in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel this morning around 5:30 a.m. Paramedics responding to a report of an apparent heart attack pronounced him dead at the scene, according to TMZ. The coroner told City News Service he died of natural causes.
"We've lost a family member. We're still taking it in," Bono said, according to CNS. "He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable."
U2 was in town and had just performed the first of five shows at the Forum last night.
Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation released a statement as well: "With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2's longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family."
A native of Ireland, Sheehan worked with U2 since 1982, according to Variety. TMZ says that Sheehan has been in the biz since the 70s, working with Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Lou Reed. He'd started out as a musician but began working on tour management as a 19-year-old.
He described his career journey here: