10/03/05 Dino Derose's Death Confirmed

Dino Derose's Death Confirmed; Lighting Designer was 49
from AP 10/03/05

Lighting designer Dino Derose, who disappeared on September on 25, has been oficially declared dead, according to the newspaper the Austin American-Statesman. He was 49.

DeRose, designer for Widespread Panic, was in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. He disappeared from the Radisson Hotel in the vicinity ot 6pm on the 25th.

On Thursday, September 29th, a body was found along Interstate 35 in South Austin, according to local newscaster News 8 Austin. In many respects, it fit Derose's description. Shelton Green, a reporter from another local station, KVUE, quoted a local policeman as saying that the body had been there for four or five days. The body was eventually identified as DeRose.

Although, initial speculation centered a hit-and-run accident as the cause of death, the Austin coroner's office has not yet officially announced this.

Derose was a 30-year veteran of the industry, who had worked with Eric Clapton, KISS, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, among others.

On Widespread Panic's Web site, Chris Rabold, the group's production manager and FOH engineer, made the following statement:

"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."