"He cared when no one else did," writes Riot Fest partner Michael Petryshyn.
UPDATE: A memorial service has been announced for McKeough on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10 at St. Barnabas Church in Chicago. "Due to the overwhelming show of support and love for Sean, we will be holding a memorial service for friends and colleagues," reads a message on the website smqmemorial.com.
Sean P. McKeough, co-founder of the annual rock festival Riot Fest, died Tuesday night. A statement posted on Riot Fest's website confirms that the event "lost an irreplaceable part of its closely-knit family." McKeough was 42.
Founded in Chicago in 2005, Riot Fest has since expanded to become one of the country's biggest and most influential rock festivals, with a specialty in reunited headliners, like The Replacements in 2013 and The Misfits in 2016. In 2012, the fest became a multi-day occasion and also expanded to multiple cities throughout North America.