Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tributes as father of U2 star Larry Mullen passes away days before world tour

Published 12/05/2015 | 16:07

Larry Mullen
Larry Mullen
U2 drummer Larry Mullen

U2 have confirmed that the opening night of their Innocence + Experience tour will go ahead as scheduled this Thursday in Vancouver following the sad death of Larry Mullen’s father.

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Larry Mullen Senior passed away on Sunday night, aged 92.

Larry Mullen with his partner Ann Acheson
Larry Mullen with his partner Ann Acheson

He passed away at Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin.

A death notice posted to RIP.ie thanked the staff and doctors at the hospital.

It read: "In his 92nd year. In the loving care of the staff and doctors of the Bons Secours Hospital.

"Loving husband of the late Maureen and loving father of the late Mary.

U2
U2

"Sadly missed by his beloved wife Alice, loving children Cecilia and Larry Jnr, Larry’s partner Ann, grandchildren Becky, Sam, Elvis, Ava and Ezra, sisters Breda, Joan, Kit and Nora, extended family and friends.

"Rest in Peace."

U2 are due to open their Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver, Canada, on Thursday - and it was earlier reported that these plans were sent into chaos following the death of Larry Mullen Snr.

However, the band have since confirmed that the opening night will go ahead, according to the fanbase website.

It is expected Larry Snr’s funeral will be held in Dublin either tomorrow or Thursday morning, with Larry (53) and his band colleagues being whisked back and forth to the capital by private jet for the ceremony.

U2 have still to announce when exactly their Irish dates for their tour will be, but the Sunday World recently revealed they are targeting five shows in Dublin’s 3 Arena, probably in early to mid December.

Drummer Larry – who is credited with founding U2 at Mount Temple school – was the only son of Laurence Joseph Mullen Sr. and Maureen (née Gaffney) Mullen.

He has an elder sister, Cecilia, and had a younger sister, Mary, who died in 1973.

His mother died in a car accident in 1976.

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