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by Shane Stokes
June 1, 2017
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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.”
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