Published May 27, 2015For decades, U2 have been responsible for some of the biggest rock tours on the planet. Now, sadly, the man behind the scenes has passed away, as longtime tour manager Dennis Sheehan was found dead in his hotel room early this morning (May 27).
TMZ reports that Sheehan was discovered unconscious in the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. Paramedics were reportedly called in at 5:30 a.m. local time with reports that Sheehan had suffered cardiac arrest. He was declared dead at the scene. U2 are in town for a string of five shows at the Forum.
Sheehan was born in 1946 (making him either 69 or 70; TMZ reports that he was in his late 60s) in England and grew up partly in Ireland. He was a guitarist and was in training to become an architect, but he got into the touring business. In addition to U2, he worked with Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
An in-depth biography can be read over at PLSN. Below, watch a 2013 interview with Sheehan.
Meanwhile, U2 will presumably continue with their North American tour as planned.