U2’s Longtime Tour Manager Dies in L.A. Hotel Room

Dennis Sheehan, U2’s tour manager for more than 30 years, was found dead Wednesday morning in his hotel room after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 68.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported cardiac arrest. Sheehan was pronounced dead at the scene.

“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,” U2 frontman Bono said in a statement.

“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,” added Arthur Fogel, CEO of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music at Live Nation.

U2 had kicked off their five-date stint in Los Angeles just hours before at the Forum in Inglewood.

Sheehan, in his 60s, had worked with the Irish rockers since 1982.

In 2008, he was awarded the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award — which are considered to be the “Oscars of the Live Event Industry.”

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    1. Juan One says:

      Debbie Sprague is a disturbed woman with anger management issues, as evidenced by her moronic comment below!

    2. Harry Merkin says:

      Maybe they will change their name from U2 to YME?

    3. Matt says:

      WOW! As a conservative I saw the outrage the right had when the left mocked the death of President Reagan, and you’re celebrating the death of someone over politics. You’re a sad pathetic person

    4. you’re thinking of Matt Drudge.

      • D.w. says:

        I’ll bet you’re a riot at parties.

      • V. Uil says:

        Congrats Debbie – You have been awarded the dumb comment of the month award. Please contact me for the prize: a lovely tin foil hat made of pure aluminum that you can wear at all times. It is guaranteed to keep the alien rays from your brain.

        Once again well done.

      • Lance Strong says:

        debbie sprague — absolutely moronic comment. insipid. obtuse. low rent

    5. Will Saverty says:

      I see all the crazies are out today.

    6. Will Saverty says:

      Justin Crowe: You don’t like U2 so you cheer the death of their tour manager? The man DIED! What a truly reprehensible thing to say.

    7. kevin hayes says:

      may he rest in peace…would have seen him around dungarvan alot…a real gentleman..kevin in Dungarvan

    8. Bob Wired1 says:

      Sounds eerily similar to the John Entwhistle death..At first it was reported the Who’s longtime and irreplaceable bassist died of a massive heart attack in his hotel room at Hard Rock in Vegas—then it came out it was due to a massive overdose of cocaine–he died in the arms of the stripper/groupie he bedded that evening.

      I pray Mr Sheehan went out a better way—-or maybe that was the “better way” to go…either way, for both of them, may they Rest In Eternal Peace.

      • Dennis was as clean as they come save for the occasional drink. Not your typical rock and roll man. I knew him for 24 years. Two words best describe him: Kind and Responsible.

      • Dennis was as clean as they come save for the occasional drink. Not your typical rock and roll man. I knew him for 24 years. Two words best describe him: Kind and Responsible.

    9. jidddff says:

      “He’s irreplaceable”. Really? I’d be willing to bet they find a new manager.

    10. tony says:

      Rock on Dennis.. The good Lord has got a new gig in heaven for ya..

    11. Shar Kanan says:

      RIP Dennis! Condolences, Love & Light to all concerned. What a brilliant job — and one of the most important people in the group we go to see because we love them more than any other and are willing to pay mega bucks for because their awesome show was seamlessly perfect because the tour manager made it so. Bravo Dennis! Blessing to all!

    12. David says:

      Beretta Storm, you are a perfect example of what is wrong with people today on the internet. This article is about a very nice person who passed away. Have a little respect and class.

    13. Simone says:

      Wow! Some of the disrespectful comments on here are so uncool! Regardless of how you feel about U2, someone died people!!! He had family and friends who are mourning his loss and all you can do is crack disrespectful jokes and make derogatory comments!! Just wish him RIP and condolences or don’t say anything at all!!! RIP Dennis! Definitely a tragic loss!!!

    14. Sylvia says:

      Oh Beretta, we’re sick of your obnoxious & stupid comments. Dry up.

    15. Sylvia says:

      The only tool around here appears to be you “kirok”. Another pathetic troll on the internet spewing their poisonous bile and hate.

    16. So can I submit my application to become their new tour manager now?

    17. Sherman O says:

      Rob, you didn’t need to post your stupid joke twice. It wasn’t funny the first time.

    18. Sherman O says:

      Tragic, Last night’s opening in Los Angeles was U2 at its finest and an incredible production that broke new ground. I’m sure Dennis Sheehan had a major input into its planning and implementation. He’ll be greatly missed.

    19. TOM says:

      This tour seems jinxed from the get-go. They’re touring with an unsoliticed album that nobody asked for, the Edge drops off the edge of a walkway and now this.

      • guest says:

        Doesn’t Boner have some sort of hand injury too so he can’t play guitar anymore? They should have retired 25 years ago after their one good album and before they proved themselves to be fools in the political realm

    20. A Legend. A great man. A good friend. My prayers for his family.

    21. Marc R Azous says:

      RIP

    22. Caroline Ryan says:

      R.I.P. Dennis!

    23. equipmentguy says:

      Exactly how I want to go, in a suite at the Sunset Marquis! An awesome R&R hotel, it was a hell of a run Dennis. RIP.

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