E Street Road Manager Sullivan's Death Ruled Accidental Overdose

December 9, 2009 12:00 AM ET

An autopsy has revealed that the death of Lenny Sullivan, Bruce Springsteen's cousin and the E Street Band's assistant road manager of 10 years, was caused by an accidental overdose from acute amphetamine and heroin intoxication, Kansas City's KCTV5 reports. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Springsteen's concert in Kansas City was canceled in late October after Sullivan was found dead in his hotel room. He was 36. "A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family," read a statement on Springsteen's Website when news broke of Sullivan's untimely death.

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