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Bruce Springsteen Cancels Kansas City Concert After Cousin's Death

October 27, 2009 9:48 AM ET

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their scheduled performance last night in Kansas City, Missouri, after the band's assistant road manager Lenny Sullivan was found dead in his hotel room. Sullivan, who was also Springsteen's cousin, was only 36. "Due to a death in Bruce's immediate family, tonight's show at Sprint Center has been unavoidably canceled. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Bruce and The Band deeply appreciate the understanding of our Kansas City audience and look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity," reads a statement on Springsteen's official Website. Rolling Stone confirmed the death with a Springsteen spokesperson last night.

Sullivan had served as the band's assistant road manager for the past 10 years. "A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family," the Springsteen Website posted yesterday. According to KMBC-TV Kansas City, a Springsteen rep said Sullivan was found dead in his room at the InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza. The cause of death has not yet been released, but police investigating Sullivan's death say it is not suspicious.

Springsteen and the E Street Band are next scheduled to appear at the first of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, on October 29th. After that, the band have 10 more shows currently scheduled on their tour, which concludes November 22nd at Buffalo, New York's HSBC Arena. Like Springsteen's final show at Jersey's Giants Stadium, last night's concert in Kansas City was to feature the band performing Born in the U.S.A. in its entirety.

Springsteen's U.S.A. outfit and more: see Bruce artifacts on display at the Rock Hall.

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Springsteen Closes Down Giants Stadium With Powerhouse "Born in the U.S.A." Show
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E Street's Clarence Clemons: "This Is the Best the Band's Ever Been"

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