American cycling press officer Sean Weide dead at age 49

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Sean Weide, public relations manager for the Axeon Hagens Berman cycling team, was found dead in his apartment in Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday at the age of 49. A cause of death has not been released.

Weide was well known and respected across pro cycling team management, riders, and media after having spent six years working with BMC Racing Team. After leaving that position, he began working with Axeon Hagens Berman in January 2016. Prior to his time with BMC Racing, Weide worked as a communications director with teams such as Rock Racing, Team Type 1, Fly V Australia, and Toyota-United.

Weide, who was not married, leaves behind five daughters. The biography section of his Twitter account, which has over 15,000 followers, reads, “Freelance media relations and social media specialist, crisis communications consultant, actor and proud father of five daughters.”

A Facebook post Tuesday evening announced the death. “Sean’s Princesses are sad to inform you that he was found dead in his apartment today. We are all saddened and will miss him immensely. We will keep all of you updated with more information as we plan his funeral. We love you, Dad!”

Among those who left messages on Weide’s Facebook page was former pro Gord Fraser, now director of the Silber Pro Cycling Team, who wrote, “I can’t believe this to be true. Your smile and presence will be sorely missed on the circuit. My heart goes to your princesses, family, friends, team members and all you’ve touched with your kindness.”

A Nebraska native, Weide studied News Editorial at Kearney State College and worked as a news producer at KPTM-Fox 42 in 1997 and 1998, and at KMTV 3 News Now in Omaha from 1998 to 2003. Earlier this year, he had joined the board of directors at the Nebraska Film Association.

Weide’s death is the second tragedy to rock the Axeon Hagens Berman team over the past month. On April 28, American Chad Young succumbed to head injuries sustained during a high-speed descent at the Tour of the Gila.

CyclingTips reached out to Axeon Hagens Berman management for comment, but no response was received prior to publication.

The CyclingTips editorial staff sends its sincere condolences to Sean Weide’s family, friends, colleagues, and all those in the cycling community whose lives he touched.

Sean Weide, September 1967 – May 2017.

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