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Published: 2005/09/30

Widespread Panic Mourns Loss of Dino Derose

It now appears that Widespread Panic lighting director Dino Derose was the victim of a hit and run driver. Derose was found on the side of road in Austin where he had been missing since Sunday evening, following the group’s performance at the Austin City Limits Festival.
In a message on the bands web site, Production Manager/FOH Engineer Chris Rabold writes, There is a big, big hole in our crew’s heart right now. Dino Derose was a veteran of not just our camp, but of the industry as a whole. He was loved by all of those he worked with and all of those he worked for. For Widespread Panic he helped usher in a new level of professionalism and artistry with our light show. His work ethic was exemplary and I don’t hesitate for a moment when I say that Dino was one of the hardest working men I have ever come in contact with. I am certain that I speak for all of us out here when I say that. More so than anything else however, Dino was our brother and our friend. Soft spoken with a heart of gold, Dino Derose was one of a kind. We love you Dino…rest in peace.

At present no one has been arrested in conjunction with the incident and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Austin police at 512-472-TIPS. It is expected that the vehicle responsible for the death will have damage to the right hood and quite possibly the windshield.

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