U2 lead singer Bono has described the band’s long-time tour manager Dennis Sheehan as "irreplaceable" after the 68-year-old passed away suddenly in Los Angeles.
Mr Sheehan, who had been with the band for over 30 years, is thought to have suffered a heart attack at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. Emergency services were called at about 5.30am local time, but he was declared dead a short time later.
His death came just a few hours after U2 played the first of five scheduled concerts in Los Angeles. “We’ve lost a family member, we’re still taking it in,” said Bono in a posting on the band’s website. “He wasn’t just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable.”
Mr Sheehan was born in Ireland, but grew up in England. As well as U2, he is credited with touring with bands including Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin. In 2008, he received the prestigious Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his more than four decades in the live music industry.
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