Irish rock group U2 lost their tour manager yesterday morning, after he died of a heart attack in his Los Angeles hotel room. Sixty-eight year old Dennis Sheehan had been the band’s tour manager for 33 years, and was with the band as they played the first of five concerts at LA’s The Forum this week.
After the concert, Sheehan went back to his hotel room alone where he was discovered very early on Wednesday morning unconscious. When paramedics were called to the scene, it was evident Sheehan was already dead. Officials say he died of a massive heart attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
U2’s lead singer Bono gave a tribute to Sheehan at the band’s second show at The Forum last night, saying he was a member of their family and would be sadly missed.
In a statement released to the media, Bono also said the band was still taking in the news, but that Sheehan was completely “irreplaceable”.
Dennis Sheehan got his start in the music business in the 1970s in the UK working with bands such as Sam Tabar, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin. He was known as someone who was honest, fair, a hard worker and who always got the job done.
During his tribute on stage last night, Bono even said the band had once dressed up as Led Zeppelin at one of Sheehan’s birthday parties to surprise him, but that they knew almost immediately they could never fill their shoes.