Sean McKeough

Riot Fest co-founder and owner of Cobra Lounge Sean McKeough passed away at 42.

McKeough, an entrepreneur, musician and tireless supporter of the Chicago music scene also co-owned Cobra Music on the city’s Near West Side.

Condolences have been circulating across various social media platforms.

With the passing of Sean McKeough, Riot Fest says "an irreplaceable part of its closely-knit family" has been lost.

McKeough’s family was unavailable for comment and the cause of death is unknown.

His partner in Riot Fest, Mike Petryshyn (a.k.a Riot Mike) released the following statement:

“Sean was Riot Fest’s pillar of strength. I loved him. I admired him. And to lose him is a lonely and barren feeling. I miss my friend immensely. Without Sean and his belief that a little fest could make a positive impact on people’s lives by doing things differently and left of the dial, Riot Fest would have never become such an intimate family. His Herculean-sized heart and volition made that all possible. Anyone lucky enough to have witnessed his kindness and compassion knows Sean’s muddy work boots will never be filled. It’s impossible… he cared when no one else did. He worked when no one else did. And, he believed in Riot Fest when no one else did.

Our thoughts are with the entire McKeough family and his beloved partner Erin. You were the closest people to him and without your constant love and support for Sean, his unimaginable impact on thousands of lives may have never been realized.

Sean, I will forever be indebted to you. I love you, brother and I’ll make sure that Riot Fest never loses its purpose or vision… the one you saw before any of us.”


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