Longtime U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan was found dead in his Los Angeles hotel room on Wednesday morning (May 27th), according to Billboard.com. The 68-year-old Sheehan was apparently the victim of cardiac arrest. Paramedics were called to his room after he was found unresponsive in the early hours of the morning, but he was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.
U2 issued a statement saying, “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.”
Bono added in a post at 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.”
At press time, the band was still going to play the second of five concerts at the Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The group was planning to pay tribute to Sheehan during the show.
While a source called Sheehan “the heart and soul of the organization,” it was also reported that his death would not impact the rest of the just-launched Innocence + Experience tour.
Sheehan was born in Ireland in 1946 and broke into the music industry in his late teens, working with everyone from Led Zeppelin to Patti Smith. He joined the U2 organization in 1983, prior to the release of the War album, and had been with them ever since until his death.