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Michael Theanne, Longtime International Manager of Steve Aoki & More, Dies at 45

Michael Theanne, the longtime manager of Steve Aoki, Cheat Codes and Deorro, passed away yesterday (Feb. 29) after collapsing near his home in Los Angeles. 

Michael Theanne, the longtime manager for Steve Aoki, Cheat Codes and Deorro, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 29) after collapsing near his home in Los Angeles. He was 45.

As Aoki’s manager in the United Kingdom and other international territories since 2008, Theanne shepherded Aoki’s international career. He helped establish Aoki as a leading global EDM artist by securing him headlining slots at major European festivals, such as Tomorrowland, and booking his Ibiza residencies, including this summers’ run at Amnesia. Theanne received a 2016 Grammy nomination for his work on the Steve Aoki documentary, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.


Theanne was also the global manager for Cheat Codes and Deorro, although he parted ways with the latter artist just last month. “This man could move mountains for me,” Deorro wrote on Sunday (March 1) on Instagram. “For nearly a decade this man made the biggest difference in my life. Thank you for everything, thank you for being my manager, my brother, thank you for believing in me and everything we wanted to do.”

Theanne collapsed when returning home from a hike with his dogs. A coroner’s report is pending. He is survived by his wife Elena and baby daughter Luna.

“Michael’s incredibly warm, loving and generous spirit impacted all around him,” his family said in a statement. “We know that many of you will join us as we continue to carry Michael in our hearts forever. At this time, our family asks that we be allowed to process this devastating and sudden loss in private. Information regarding a funeral and memorial will be forthcoming.”