On May 27, Christian pastor Rick Warren came to the aid of U2 band members as they grieved the sudden loss of their road manager while on tour in Los Angeles.
Dennis Sheehan died of a heart attack in West Hollywood on May 26. He was 68.
In a Facebook post, Warren described his experience with the Irish rock band, saying, “Dennis was a calm and kind Christian man.” He added that the heartbroken team, Adam, Larry, Edge and Bono, asked him “to share some Scripture, words of comfort and pray with them right before they walked on stage.”
He said he shared a story from his book “Choose Joy” about his son’s tragic death. He then asked the band mates, “So how do you go out and do a concert when your heart is hurting?” Bono said, “We choose joy.”
Warren concluded his Facebook post by asking for prayers for Sheehan’s wife, Pam.
In a statement on the band’s website, Bono said, “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.”