Blues Traveler’s Bobby Sheehan Found Dead In New Orleans

Bobby Sheehan, longtime bassist for Blues Traveler, was found dead at his home in New Orleans on Friday morning. He was 31 years old.

The exact details surrounding the cause of Sheehan’s death have not been released. He had been living in New Orleans for close to a year.

According to WWL 870 Radio in New Orleans, the Coroner’s Office has listed the death as “unclassified,” and the lab results were not expected back until Monday.

The radio station also reports that two house guests who had been staying with Sheehan called the New Orleans Police Department around 11:00 a.m. after they were unable to awaken the bassist.

In a statement issued by representatives for Blues Traveler, Sheehan was remembered as being “one of the four cornerstones of the highly successful and loved quartet…. He will be missed by the artistic community to which he gave so much.”

After attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Sheehan helped found Blues Traveler back in 1987 in Princeton,
New Jersey along with vocalist John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, and drummer Brendan Hill.

Sheehan played on all six of Blues Traveler’s albums, including the group’s most recent effort, 1997′s “Straight on Till Morning.”

The bassist had recently been touring with guitarist John Mooney and was working on his first solo album. Sheehan planned to reunite with the other members of Blues Traveler in the fall to start pre-production work on the band’s new album.